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Grand Coalition Keen To Establish State Govt

Grand Coalition Keen To Establish State Government During Tenure

The Grand Coalition for Change Government (GCCG) is making the commitment to introduce the state government system during its term in office.

And every Solomon Islands citizen should continue to support the government to achieve that special goal, said the Minister for Provincial Government and Institutional Strengthening, Hon Japhet Waipora during the Western Provinces Second Appointed Day in Gizo on Friday.

"It is the people that want State Government. We will do it for them", said the Minister.

And the Minister has assured the people of Western Province that the GCCG is fully committed to realise he full objectives of the Bottom-Up Development Policy.

"The recent establishment of the of the Ministry of Rural Development and Indigenous Affairs, the appointment of the Constituency Development Officers and the adoption of the Personal Viability Program are important strategies in the process", Mr Waipora said.

In preparation for State Government, provinces must have in place good effective financial management adequate and sufficient financial resources. The 2008 Budget will provide improved funding for rural-based development of the productive sector involving Solomon Islanders themselves, said Mr Waipora.

And the Provincial Government Services Grant has been reviewed, resulting in the establishment of a new formula, and this will be reflected in the 2008 Budget, said the Minister.

Western Province Premier Alex Lokopio received the assurance with great appreciation.

"It has been the greatest wish of our province to achieve greater autonomy and to enter statehood. We have expended a lot of our financial resources in preparation of State Government", he said.


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