13 Mar 2014

Solomon Islands can learn from NZ land system: Lilo

4:36 pm on 13 March 2014

The Solomon Islands Prime Minister says his country can benefit greatly from learning about New Zealand's indigenous land tenure system.

Gordon Darcy Lilo, who is currently visiting New Zealand, has paid tribute to the efforts of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands in laying a foundation for economic and human development in his country.

But he says that there remains a lot more to do to improve social services in the country.

Mr Lilo says land management is an area needing reform, and he is grateful for New Zealand's offer to help.

"To invite our people, our officials, to come over and then learn from the kind of indigenous land tenure management structure here in New Zealand. That would be a significant step in the way forward for us to find how we are going to manage our customary land, registrations and putting this land into more economic value."

The Solomon Islands Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo