PRIME Minister Hon. Manasseh Sogavare has stated that he is impressed by the level of planning and thinking that were put into the development and investment plans of the Central Islands Province.
This was during a courtesy visit made by the Premier of Central Islands Province Hon. Stanley Manetiva to the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet this week.
The Prime Minister also expressed his appreciation to Premier Manetiva in noting that the provincial government is pushing resource owners to be partners in investments.
Prime Minister Sogavare told the Premier of the Democratic Coalition Government for Advancement (DCGA)’s commitment to support Central Islands Province.
Meanwhile, Hon. Manetiva stated that Central Provincial Government is a willing partner in development.
He stated that in accordance with its investment strengthens and opportunities on the ground in the productive sectors of Tourism, Agriculture, Fisheries, Ship Yard, Sea Port Operations and Specialised Economic Zones Township Development.
“As a Provincial Premier and Leader of a lower tier Government, our role is to respond positively and align our plans to the National Plans in service delivery and creating enabling environments for advancing private sector and partnerships to grow,” he stated.
Premier Manetiva also told the Prime Minister,
“Central Province is humbled indeed for not actively contributing to the national economy but now we are ready to engage with land/ resource owners under DIPEF to open and avail their land and sea resources for investor partnership economic activities.”
He stated that such economic activities would promote Small and Medium Enterprises within the Provincial Scales of Economies in various productive sectors on an environmentally friendly scale embracing the balanced development approach.
According to Hon. Manetiva, the Central Province Investment & Development Board is a shift away from Provinces actively engaging in active business operations but rather having an effect of Investment Promoting Agencies (IPA) role and further stating that the IPAs should be the focal points of integration to the resource owners and the Investor Platform.
“On this front the Province is actively engaging with land and other resource owners to avail their land under the model. They are assured of inclusive partnerships hence promoting sustainability and security of foreign or national investments,” he stated.
The meeting was also attended by senior government officials from the OPMC and the Central Islands Provincial Government.
Source: PM Press Secretariat