12 Apr 2010

Solomon Islands welcomes governance facility

4:02 pm on 12 April 2010

The Solomon Islands Government has welcomed the creation of the Commonwealth Pacific Governance Facility in Honiara.

The facility is the Commonwealth Secretariat's response to the 2005 Pacific Plan to address issues of good governance across the region.

Its intended to strengthen democratic and anti-corruption institutions, land management systems, and to promote open and transparent government through better information access.

The Prime Minister, Dr Derek Sikua, and the Foreign Affairs Minister, William Haomae, have pledged Solomon Islands' ongoing support to the facility to ensure it delivers services to member countries in the region.

Dr Sikua says Pacific governments will continue to need the support of development partners such as the Commonwealth and other members of the international community to achieve stability and sustainable development across the region.

Mose Saitala of Tuvalu is the Commonwealth Pacific Governance Facility's new director.