THE Rennell and Bellona provincial government’s policy will focus on tourism, agriculture and fisheries development.
This was revealed by Premier Collin Tesuatai.
“These sectors which align with the DCC government policy statement. It will basically help develop the province in the long term.
“These are areas that really touch the heart of my province and its people, which have not been seriously addressed over the years,” Premier Tesuatai said.
He said, the province has potential to boost tourism industry since it is home to the largest insular lake Tegano in the Pacific with rare bird species, flora, fauna and scenic beaches.
“We are proud of our environment and cultural heritage but the failure to commercialize and engage in sustainable development remains a challenge.
“I will work with the national government to see sustainable tourism projects are delivered to the East Rennell communities.
Premier Collin said, agricultural production has been a mode of survival and remains an indigenous issue providing food security.
“Agricultural has been part of our lives thus I want to build on it.
“Currently agriculture production from our provinces is low and we want to develop sound policy that will directly engage farmers to have a diverse output.”
The premier is adamant that fishing industry has been a key priority for his government to help develop.
“My government will help facelift the mini-cannery building in West Rennel. Instead of inviting foreign vessels into our waters, we ourselves do the job.
“We have the ‘Indispensable Reef’ which is home to hundreds of sea creatures.
“My government will ensure fishermen are fully equipped and engage in large scale offshore activities,” Collin said.
However the Premier said, infrastructure still remains his top priority.
“I want to improve the road conditions on both islands. In order for development to take place road links should be upgraded first.
“Logistics and transportation will help move things fast whilst engaging businesses houses generating revenue to the province.
Premier Collin revealed he is in good relationship with their Member of Parliament (MP) Dr Tautai and is committed to help develop the province.
“We have discussed longstanding issues in the province needed to be address which the policy will reflect and accomplish.”
Premier Collin is confident after his courtesy call to the Prime Minister early this month about issues they’ve discussed.
“It has set the benchmark for my executive to identify the key areas to restore and develop most especially, taking back control over the administrative powers currently controlled by the Ministry of Provincial Government following the suspension of the former executive last year.”
The provincial government policy is expected for launching next month.
Renbel province is expecting special support from the national government to aid its preparation for Solomon Games next year.
By TEDDY KAFO