SIDCCG to Prioritises National Projects, Says PM

Left to Right: Opposition leader, Manasseh Maelanga, Deputy Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare, Prime MInister, Rick Hou, Speaker of Parliament, Alijon Nasiu and Foreign Affairs Minister, Milner Tozaka at the significant policy launch program.

PRIME Minister Rick Houenipwela lead government, the Solomon Islands Democratic Coalition for Change Government has finally launched its Policy Statement last week.

Speaking during the launching, PM Hou said the policy statement and translation document is an important milestone for his government especially to show to the public the government’s policy intentions.

He said not only that, but more importantly the policy is a guideline to the government’s endeavour to deliver services to its people.

“Indeed this policy Statement is our guideline to action plans for tomorrow. What we do today, will show how much we care for tomorrow,” he added.

The PM said since assuming power on 15th November 2017, his government is looking forward to implement its plans despite having only seven months before the dissolution of the 10th Parliament on the 17th of December 2018.

He said as a priority, the SIDCC Government seeks to grow the economy through creating investment opportunities in all sectors of the economy such as manufacturing, tourism, agriculture, fisheries, forestry, energy and others in an environmentally sustainable manner.

PM Hou said all sectoral policies would be geared towards the SIDCC Government policy outlook.

He further highlighted the key target areas of the SIDCCG Policies will be based on what he has already mentioned on previous occasions which are as follows: Fiscal stability, Political stability, credibility of the 2018 budget and the budget process for 2018 & 2019, improvement of budget implementation at the Ministry level with particular attention to priority programmes, control of public expenditure and Re-engagement of development partners.

“This Policy Statement is an expression of the SIDCCG intentions to grow the economy, enhance employment opportunities, create the enabling environment for business and investment, and most of all bring services to our people. It encapsulates a number of major national projects, including the Tina Hydro Project, the Undersea Cable Project, and the Gold Ridge Mining Project, which are earmarked for implementation in 2018,” he added.

PM Hou said due to time constraints for implementation this year, the SIDCCG has adopted with a few new ones as most of the former DCCG policy priorities which he then thanked the work of the former DCC Government.

“However, we have reprioritized many sectoral programs. To that end, we will be focussing mostly on projects that can be implemented and are achievable in 2018. Most of these will be implemented through the 2018 budget,” he said.