The government of the Solomon Islands recognizes the need to engage resource owners in advancing development aspirations from hereon.
When speaking in the national parliament this week in response to the speech given by His Excellency the Governor-General, Sir David Vunagi, GCMC, Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare stressed that the National Government recognized the need to engage resource owners in any investment and economic activities on their land.
The PM spoke about the Government having embarked on a developing a model that would ensure that the people would not be merely bystanders in any investment and economic activity that happened on their own land.
The Prime Minister’s comments were seen as a direct response to the core arguments arising from the ‘ethnic tension’, when the people clearly questioned the fairness in the distribution of the benefits that arose from the use of their resources.
Mr. Sogavare said, “It is important that whatever we do in advancing the development aspiration of this country post-conflict, we must not lose sight of the reasons and why we collapsed.”
Source: Solomon Star News.