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DEPUTY Prime Minister Manasseh Maelanga has arrived in Apia, Samoa for the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) conference.
On Sunday morning, Mr Maelanga held a brief meeting with the Prime Minister of Tuvalu. The two leaders both agreed to include in their official address to the SIDS’s conference the importance of empowering local level governments within pacific island countries.
Mr Maelanga highlighted that this was important because most problems affecting SIDS directly affects people in the rural areas and local level governments must play a vital role in addressing the issues affecting our peoples.
The deputy prime minister joined other SIDS leaders in addressing the conference Monday afternoon.
Mr Maelanga returns to Honiara on today.