PRIME Minister Hon. Manasseh Sogavare (MP) has launched his government’s Policy Statement and Translation Document at the Heritage Park Hotel last week.
Hon. Sogavare stated that not only does the policy document represent the Government’s programmes and intentions to the public, he reiterated that “it is the guideline of the Executive in its endeavour to deliver services combined with economic and social stability to those that matter the most; our People.”
He stated that whilst tomorrow’s uncertainty is a fact, we must be steadfast as change comes without warning. That is tomorrow’s reality.
“The challenge for us today is not to resist nor deny change, but how to harness our strengths, overcome our weaknesses and together, prosper with change. Further we must learn to be prepared to seize the opportunities that tomorrow will offer us.” He stated.
The Prime Minister recalled on when the Democratic Coalition Government for Advancement (DCGA) assumed powers on April this year amidst criticisms and protests and further reiterated,
“This however has not deterred the DCGA’s resolve to bring change, in fact such setbacks have only served to provide impetus and determination for the DCGA, to develop policies capable of meaningfully addressing the hopes and aspirations of our people.”
The Prime Minister further stated that the DCGA through its policies is committed to bring about positive changes over the next four years.
“We have started this with the implementation of our 100 Day Policy Priorities to establish a benchmark for performance of the Government as a whole that will align with the priorities and strategic actions we are launching today that will establish a cross sectoral approach to policy implementation and delivery,” said Hon. Sogavare.
“We have started with the implementation of our 100 Day Policy Priorities to establish a benchmark for performance of the Government as a whole that will align with the priorities and strategic actions we are launching today that will establish a cross sectoral approach to policy implementation and delivery,” he stated.
According to the Prime Minister, in the Fundamental Sector the focus will be on ensuring fiscal stability and stabilizing the economy through legislative reforms that can strengthen the capacity of financial institutions and alleviate corruption; creating a more conducive environment for social and economic growth; resolve land tenure issues by legislating our Traditional Governance systems, maintain an open door approach to foreign policy by engaging as a friend to all and enemy to none and with effective coordination of the machinery of government.
“For the Productive Sector the DCGA intends to catalyse economic growth and enhance our industrial capacity by establishing Special Economic Zones (SEZ) to attract large scale foreign direct investment for the development of specific industries; with the support of our partners to significantly improve and construct road, sea and telecommunications infrastructure, encourage, support and invest in local agricultural products for both domestic and international markets, develop and expand our fisheries potential and take a holistic approach towards enhancing tourism development in targeted regions throughout the country,” said the Prime Minister.
He further stated that under the Resource Sector the aim of the DCGA is to sustainably develop resource sector developments through legislative amendments, implementation and rigid enforcement of regulations to effectively manage Solomon Islands natural resources and reduce the country’s reliance on revenue from round log exports by enhancing opportunities for the development of down streaming industries, safeguard our natural environment and mitigate the effects of climate change through preservation and protection strategies designed to address our environmental vulnerabilities.
He continued and stating that “the Social Sector policies represents the heart and soul of our society for which we are taking firm measures to resolve administrative and functionality issues to streamline delivery and improve capability of essential services, upgrade and construct new health and educational infrastructures, focus more resources on our women and youth, aggressively develop sports and hold our public institutions accountable for delivery and performance.”
The DCGA is committed to the delivery of policy priorities in the interests of peace, national stability and economic advancement.
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