13 Jan 2015

Solomons opposition urges development push

12:30 pm on 13 January 2015

The Solomon Islands opposition group is calling on the new government to prioritise development in the country.

A villlage on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands.

Photo: RNZI/ Walter Zweifel

The comments come as the newly elected government prepares its much anticipated policy statement which is expected to be released at the end of the month.

The opposition leader, Jeremiah Manele, says he is making the call for prioritisation because past governments have failed to do so.

"Over the years the development budget, our development budget has been spread so thinly across many, many micro projects or programs. I think given the economic situation that we are in, in terms of low revenue inflows it's important that we focus on key priority programs at any given time."

The opposition leader, Jeremiah Manele.

The government is expected to present its first budget to parliament in March.

The Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has indicated his immediate priority will be jumpstarting the economy which slowed to less than one percent growth after last April's devastating floods.

Mr Sogavare says he believes the nation's strength lies in its under-developed agriculture, fisheries and tourism sectors.

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