BY ALEX DADAMU
IMPORTANT key issues including repatriation flights, our financial situation, border security, and other related matters at the western border were the main agenda in a dialogue the COVID-19 Oversight Committee held with the country’s development partners and donors.
Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare in his nationwide address on Monday acknowledges the development partners for their continuous support during these trying times.
“I am pleased to note that our donor partners have indicated their willingness and readiness to provide assistance and technical support towards ongoing efforts and priorities in our fight against this deadly virus.
“That said, allow me to also acknowledge Australia and New Zealand for their commitment to step up security and surveillance at the western border and the Malaita Outer Islands through our bilateral arrangements,” Prime Minister Sogavare said.
Moreover, Prime Minister Sogavare has also revealed that donors have also welcomed discussions to set up a fuel depot and increasing the camp management capacity at the border.
He furthered that discussions are also in progress to set up two telecommunication/ network towers at the western border, one at Kia and one at the Malaita Outer Islands for communication purposes.
“The Government is fully aware of the need to step up communications at the border and is committed to improving in this aspect as a matter of priority.
“I have encouraged that the round table dialogue with our development partners must continue so that our COVID-19 approach is inclusive,” Prime Minister Sogavare.