Solomon Islands Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo has announced Government’s policy areas that it intends to place more emphasis on this year.
Lilo made the announcement at a National Prayer Breakfast organised for leaders and a cross section of stakeholders including the Private Sector, NGO’s and Diplomatic Corps at the Heritage Park Hotel.
Included in the top 10 priority areas is the conduct of a ‘clean and effective’ national election towards the end of the year.
The second priority area is the improvement of the governance process by introducing the Political Parties Integrity Bill in Parliament and the new Leadership Code Act which aims to keep leaders in constant check.
The third priority area is to bring to parliament regulations to support the implementation of the Constituency Development Fund Act which was passed in parliament last year.
The fourth priority is to ensure the full implementation of Government’s new Charter of Accounts under the new Public Finance Management Act by the end of May to allow the new government to have better access to information on public finance management for sound decision making.
The fifth priority area aims to improve educational institutions such as Solomon Islands National University and others by reviewing the current Education Act to separate basic education and TVET from the higher education with the view to establishing an independent higher education commission with the long-term plan to making Solomon Islands as the higher education hub of the Pacific.
The sixth priority is to continue to pursue customary land mobilisation and reform by looking at ways to bring customary land into productive usage as land remains fundamental in the country.
The seventh priority is to see the Honiara Boundary issue resolved so that sensible discussions can start on developments outside the original Honiara boundary.
The eighth priority is to begin work on a legal framework by May 2014 to build an autonomous national hospital for Solomon Islands.
The ninth priority is to ensure that the country’s first fiber optic cable (the fastest internet connection) will be established before the end of the year and the tenth priority is to continue to engage with the country’s multi-lateral and bilateral partners with the hope for a high-level meeting, at the ministerial level, between Solomon Islands and Australia taking place this year.
Prime Minister Lilo said the Government remains committed to the broader development and on-going development agenda of the country and these are priority areas he would push to achieve.