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Manele explains party decision

20 April 2019
Jeremiah Manele


JEREMIAH Manele says his party decided to join the Democratic Coalition Government for Advancement (DCGA) based on the leadership style of Manasseh Sogvare and other party leaders that made up the camp.

Sogavare is DCGA’s candidate for the prime minister’s job.

Manele, parliamentary wing leader of the Democratic Alliance Party (DAP), is one of the leaders of the DCGA camp.

Speaking to reporters this week, the Hograno/Kia/Havulei MP stated that being a part of the governing grouping during the final year of the 10th Parliament gives him the opportunity to be part of a team of leaders who have a strong desire towards political stability.

He said stability is paramount to the social and economic progress of the country.

Sogavare also expressed the desire of the DCGA to continue to implement some of the progressive work from the last government.

Under the 10th Parliament, the Democratic Coalition for Change Government and the Solomon Islands Democratic Coalition for Change Government had seen some of their key policy initiatives that were either advanced or delivered over the past four years.

These, he said, include:

  1. Producing and passing of the Anti-Corruption Bill.

  2. Completion and passing of the Dual Citizenship Bill.

  3. Amendments and passing of the DBSI Act.

  4. Tabling of the Traditional Governance Bill and Land Reform

  5. Consolidation and delivery of the Fibre Optic Submarine Cable Project

  6. Finalizing negotiations with Korean Water & Hyundai Engineering for delivery of the Tina Hydro Project to lower the cost of electricity by securing USD$80M from the Green Climate Fund in support of the USD$200M project and execution of the Power Purchase Agreement.

  7. Public Private Partnership with Iris Corporation to deliver Electronic passport technology

  8. Facilitating investment to support the re-opening of Gold Ridge

  9. Acquisition of Bloody Ridge and reunification of local Stakeholders with the involvement of Central Islands Province towards the revitalization of RIPEL

  10. Consolidation and progress of KDAC as a model of Public Private Partnership in the forestry sector between Private Sector, local resource owners and the SIG.

  11. Infrastructure Projects, Kukum Highway Project, Lambi Road, Upgrading of Provincial airfields.

  12. Securing the 2023 SPG and funding support for construction of a new stadium and upgrade to existing sports facilities.

  13. Completion of the Constitutional Review under the Federal Reform Program.

  14. Improvements to capacity of RSIPF in support of the RAMSI Exit and a peaceful Transition.

  15. Disarmament Program supported by ex-combatants.

  16. Forestry Reforms including cancellation of Agro-Forestry licenses, Moratorium on foreign Logging companies, Forestry Sustainability Committee recommendations.

  17. Securing funding support to complete development of a Reparation Policy in accordance with the recommendations of TRC and prepare a Draft Reparation Bill.

The DCGA has the support of 34 MPs.

The election of the prime minister will take place on Wednesday April 24.