Solomon Islands government tables 2015 budget

7:46 pm on 2 April 2015

The Solomon Islands finance minister, Snyder Rini, has tabled his government's 538 million US dollar budget in Parliament today.

Solomon Islands finance minister Snyder Rini is sworn in by Governor General Sir Frank Kabui as Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare looks on.

Snyder Rini (left) being sworn in as finance minister last year. Photo: RNZ / Koroi Hawkins

Mr Rini says the primary objective of his government's first budget is to achieve broad-based economic development and engage people in productive activities and employment.

He says the budget aims to deliver better rural infrastructure, development activities and social services for the country.

Mr Rini says the government is focussing on working effectively with development partners, the private sector, churches and NGOs to deliver the objectives.

He says the government is now developing programmes and a framework to deliver the objectives, and a regular reporting requirement has been placed on all ministries.