11 Oct 2010

Rural funding in Solomons no longer going straight to MPs

6:22 am on 11 October 2010

Taiwan's Ambassador to Solomon Islands, George Chan, is backing a decision by the new Solomon Islands government to change the way funding is handled for individual constituencies.

Previously Taiwan had supplied money for the Rural Constituency Development Fund and MPs were responsible for distributing the funding.

In some cases the system was seen as providing MPs with a local slush fund and questions were raised over the distribution of the money.

The Solomon Star Times reports the government has now decided the funds will now be paid to the Ministry of Rural Development and not directly to MPs.

Mr Chan said this is a good move to benefit and develop rural Solomon Islanders