A proposed federal constitution for Solomon Islands is the focus of discussions today between the country's prime minister and heads of the nine provinces.
The idea of introducing a federal constitution and system of government has been in the works for almost a decade now but Manasseh Sogavare's government is the first to make its adoption a priority.
Speaking ahead of todays meeting the prime minister said he was duty-bound to consult the Provincial Premiers on how best to move forward together to complete this important task.
A final draft federal constitution is to be handed over to Mr Sogavare in June next year.
His office said there is widespread public and bipartisan support for the proposed change.