WESTERN Provincial Government has been assured of Democratic Coalition for Change (DCC) Government’s support towards developing the tourism industry in the province.
Prime Minister, Hon Manasseh Sogavare made the assurance yesterday when the Province’s Premier, Robert Pye paid a courtesy call to Mr Sogavare.
During the brief meeting, Mr Pye congratulated Mr Sogavare following his (PM) election to the top political leadership post.
Mr Pye also assured the Prime Minister of his (Pye) provincial government’s support to DCC Government.
The Premier also used the opportunity to call on the Prime Minister to ensure continued national government support for the development of infrastructure in the Province, particularly, the development of Munda Airport to meet international standards.
In response, the Prime Minister said, “I greatly appreciate your well wishes following my election as Prime Minister. I can assure you that my DCC Government will ensure continued government support towards development of the tourism industry in the Western Province. We are still in the process of finalizing our policy document.”
Hon Sogavare told the Premier and his delegation that he will be having a meeting with the relevant ministries- Ministry of Finance and Treasury and Ministry of Aviation- to be updated on the issue of Munda International Airport development and the level of government support that would be required.
Premier Pye was also updated by the Prime Minister about DCC Government’s development priorities including national development projects that would help boost the national economy and provide employment opportunities for Solomon Islanders.
Hon Sogavare assured Premier Pye that he will attend the 2015 Premiers’ Conference and that will be a great opportunity for a comprehensive engagement with him and the premiers of other Provinces.
The leaders also touched on Solomon Islands proposed adoption of the Federal Government system and the progress of the Constitutional Reform project.
The Prime Minister said the issue of federalism must be handled with care, as it has the potential of uniting or disintegrating Solomon Islands.