DCGA Achieves More in Resources Sector

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Solomon Islands economy relies on timber, fish, copra, palm oil, cocoa, other agriculture products, and gold.

THE Democratic Coalition Government for Advancement (DCGA) has achieved a lot in the resources sector according to its 100- Days policy priorities.

The office of the Policy Implementation, Monitoring, and Evaluation Unit (PIMEU) confirmed that a majority of the projects under the resources sector cluster has shown exceptional performances in progress.

Under the Ministry of Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification this includes the development of the new Mines Bill, which is now with the Office of the Attorney General’s Chamber for vetting before it will be presented to Cabinet.

The Solomon Islands Water Adaptation Project also nears completion. This project was aimed towards the water and solar project in Lavagu and Tingoa in Rennell and Bellona Province.

Other projects include the development of the Mine Operation Monitoring Guideline to assist the government and stakeholders on issues surrounding the monitoring of mining operations in the country.

Under the Ministry for Forestry Resources, the drafting of the National Forest Policy has been completed and is currently awaiting final approval from the Attorney General Chambers before the Cabinet deliberates upon it, while the National Herbarium Laboratory Project has reached its completion within the DCGA’s 100 Days.

Further, the Low Carbine Emission Development Program under the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change and Disaster Management were also completed within this period.

The program involves the installation of Solar power of Barana Community Center, the installment of Tetere Correctional Bio-gas system and the implementation of the NDC MRV system.

Under the Ministry of Rural Development, consultations with key stakeholders have been completed as part of the legislative review of the Constituency Development Fund Act and the PFM Act.

Following the recruitment of a legal drafts specialist, further consultation with the public and the provincial government will take place before the final draft of the Bill will be presented to Cabinet.

This review will give changes to the current CDF and PFM Acts to strongly address the current gaps.

The DCGA is committed to the delivery of ongoing and prospective policy priorities in the interests of peace, national stability and economic advancement.