Cooperation Needed to Achieve Development Plans, Says PM

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Prime Minister Rick Houenipwela.

PRIME Minister Rick Houenipwela has made further calls for all sectors of government; individuals and donor partners for increased cooperation with his government to ensure its new policy statements are achieved.

PM Hou made the call during the official launching of the Solomon Islands Democratic Coalition for Change Government (SIDCCG) launching of its Policy Statement last week.

“I am confident that the current Coalition Partners are determined to deliver on their policy objectives, but we need the cooperation and support of our development partners, and most of all our public officials in all line ministries,” he said.

He said his government has initiated a new management framework that will ensure effective coordination and implementation.

“This new management framework involves the creation of a Corer Ministerial Coordinating Committee (CMCC) which will be based in the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (OPMC).

“It comprises of the selected Ministers who will provide the needed political leadership in the implementation of the Government development program. This strategic approach will ensure the political government takes control at the helm and a more commanding role in making sure its priority policies are implemented appropriately and timely by designated government departments and agencies,” he added.

He assured that the Policy Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation Unit (PIMEU) at the OPMC will provide the Secretariat role to the CMCC.

PM Hou further highlighted the CMCC will work with the Ministry of Development Planning and Aid Coordination (MDPAC) and the Ministry of Finance and Treasury (MoFT) to oversee all policy implementation.

“I am cognizant of the enormity of the task and the challenges before us, not least the short timeframe for implementation.

“However, with a united effort from the government ministries, development partners, and all other stakeholders, I believe and I am convinced that together we can still achieve a lot,” he added.