Head of delegation Rt Hon. Baroness Ann Taylor of Bolton who made comments on behalf of the delegation made the statement during their visit to the interior of the Central Guadalcanal Constituency’s Turarana Village.
The aim of the visit to parts of the Central Guadalcanal constituency is their wish to witness at firsthand experience the life in the village and especially development activities that are taking place in the rural areas.
Turarana community is one amongst a few villages within Guadalcanal that continued to practise and lived the traditions of the Gaenaalu movement but at the same time accepts change through development of infrastructure and livelihood.
The people of Turarana village strongly maintain their traditional way of dressing as well as social life through traditional songs and chants with dancing. That was fully displayed during the visit.
Besides this, the delegation also managed to see a number of projects provided to constituents by their Member of Parliament Hon Peter Shanel Agovaka this includes a water supply project and the Christian Care Centre.
They also visited developments within the Guadalcanal Plantations Palm Oil Limited (GPPOL), once operated under the name Solomon Islands Plantations Limited by a British Company called Commonwealth Development Company.
A village leader, who spoke on behalf of the community, said they were delighted to receive the delegation and hope they have fulfilled the aim of their visit.
“I on behalf of my community here in Turarana would like to share our word of thanks to your National government and the people of United Kingdom for the period of Colonial Government in Solomon Islands and its continuous support to today.
“We thought your country and its government had already left us but yet your government have very strong ties with our country Solomon Islands.”
Rt Hon. Baroness Ann Taylor in her response said they have learned a great deal in a very short time.
She also informed the villagers of their meeting with Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo and chairpersons of the Parliamentary Committees about the future of Solomon Islands.
“We know that you are a very young country, with a young constitution and an economy that is still in the formation. But we are very hopeful that there is a lot of potential here and a lot of hope for development for the future.
“We do have a good relationship and it’s a relationship that we want to continue to secure.”
Chairpersons who attended the meeting were: Hon Danny Philip, Chairman for the Environment and Climate Change Committee; Hon Peter Shanel Agovaka, Chairman for Education and Human Resources Training Committee; Hon Selwyn Riumana, Chairman for Police and National Security; Hon James Tora, Chairman for Health and Medical Services Committee; Hon Milner Tozaka, Chairman for Foreign Relations Committee and Hon. Douglas Ete, Chairman of Public Accounts Committee.
The discussion with Committee Chairpersons was an exchange of questions and suggestions from both parties on issues of challenge in the development of committees in Parliament.
The delegation were also impressed with the Anglican Church of Melanesian’s Christian Care Centre, especially on how the sisters under the leadership of sister Doreen managed the most challenging place with very limited resources.
The delegation arrived in the country on Friday the 15th of February and made courtesy calls on the Speaker of the National Parliament, Sir Allan Kemakeza, The Bristish High Commissioner, HE Dominic Meiklejohn and Prime Minister Honourable Gordon Darcy Lilo. They also met with various leaders including Women Leaders in Honiara.
They left the country yesterday.
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