BY SAMIE WAIKORI
THE Public Accounts Committee (PAC) under the Malaita Provincial Assembly held an information sharing session with Winrock SCALE-NRM Deputy Chief of Party, Dr Morgan Wairiu last week in Auki.
PAC chairman, and MPA for Ward three, Martin Fini said the session was held upon invitation by PAC for Dr Morgan Wairiu to share with them information on the USAID Scale programme in the province.
He said during the session, they were happy to get first hand information on the USAID Scale programme and five different entities/components which will implement the programme on Malaita province.
Fini said Winrock International as heard is one of the five bodies who will execute the USAID US$25 million on various sectors of development in the province.
He said the entities have their specific areas like agriculture, environment, livelihood and other areas that they will implement programmes on Malaita.
Fini said members of PAC have lauded Dr Wairiu for the session as it gave them the direction on how MPAs will work with people in their respective wards to prepare for the programme.
He called for cooperation from colleague leaders, community leaders, resource owners and implementing partners to support the execution of the scale programme.
In a statement from MPG following a recent information session with Dr Wairiu’s, he said the programme is designed to achieve the overarching Restorative Economy policy of the MPG.
He said the Malaita Provincial Government Restorative Economy policy is the anchor for the SCALE programme.
It stated that the different components are responding to this overarching policy direction which is to restore the economy of Malaita that in a way has been destroyed through very destructive development models.
Therefore, it will be the priorities of MPG that the Implementing Partners (IPs) will be working in line with it.
Under the SCALE programme, IPs are also expected to engage with a variety of stakeholders including communities, NGOs, business houses, provincial authorities, national authorities and international actors in the implementation of the programme.