SOLOMON ISLANDS GOVERNMENT

PROGRAMME OF ACTION

POLICY, OBJECTIVES, STRATEGIES AND TARGETS 2002-2005
HONIARA, January 2002


SOLOMON ISLANDS

CONTENTS

PART ONE

PART TWO: PRINCIPELS AND OBJECTIVES

PART THREE: PRIORITIES

PART FOUR: PROGRAMS - STRATEGIES AND TARGETS

MINISTERIAL FUNCTIONS

FORWARD back to top

The National Coalition Government for Peace Unity and Restoration was formed on December 17, 2001, the date  the Prime Minister was elected to the Office. The Government is fully mindful of its clear mandate from the electorate to chart a new direction for the country's Political and Constitutional Development. The mandate also embraces sustaining the Peace Process, restoration of Law and Order, and the reconstruction and revitalization of the nation's shattered Economy.

This programme is a people-oriented plan to advance Solomon Islands. Its formulation emanates from the manifesto and policy statements of the People's Alliance Party (PAP) and the Association of Independent Members of Parliament (AIMP), the two groups which make up the coalition. Hence, this document will form the basis for the formulation of the National Development Plan 2002 - 2005.

This plan of action will be guided by the five principles of:

  • Re-direction;
  • Reconstruction;
  • Participation;
  • Production;
  • Distribution.

These principles will be advanced to serve the needs of the people of Solomon Islands. This plan of advance will lay the foundation for Solomon Islands to face the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities presented by the 21st century.

This programme carries the message of change. We have to accept changes as inevitable and effect necessary adjustments, however painful they may be. Hence, one of the cornerstones of this plan is Re-direction. This is fitting and proper. For the past twenty years we have been soul searching for the best system of decentralization that would augur National Unity that our people desire. The Government believes that we should no longer defer the inevitable. Therefore, the Government will put in motion major constitutional reforms to change the form and system of Government from the present unitary constitutional monarchy to a democratic Federal Republic within the Commonwealth of Nations.

In line with the principle of Re-direction the Government will embark on a revised economic restructuring and structural adjustments. This programme aims at right-sizing the Public Service and shift resources to advance a private sector-led growth in the economy. Furthermore, the Government intends to re-establish confidence in the Securities Market by refraining from domestic borrowing as well as servicing and settling the Nation's outstanding debts within a reasonable period.

In consonance with the principle of Reconstruction, the Government will take steps to consolidate and sustain thePeace Process and restore as well as maintain Law and Order in the country. Steps will also be taken to reconstruct the Nation's Social and Economic Infrastructure, halt the descending economic trend, stabilize and reverse it, and thereby attain economic recovery. In our efforts to embark on this difficult but worthwhile task, we will have to be progressive. We do not wish to build a community of consumers. Instead we will seek and accept outside assistance that is genuine and meaningful for our people.

This plan also maps out the course of action we will take. Like any other course of action, there are risks involved.That is the worth of the challenge at hand. These risks notwithstanding, I believe the time demands action - and action with a purpose. The greatest danger of all would be to do nothing. What we require is the political will, vision, determination, faith, hard work and human ingenuity to navigate the affairs of our nation safety and firmly in both calm and stormy seas.

My good people of Solomon Islands, I commend this Plan of Action to you. For us to succeed, we will need the co-operation, understanding and active participation of each and every citizen. Let us put the interest of others and the nation first before our own. Let us ask not what our country can do for us. Rather, let us ask what, together, we can do for our country - Solomon Islands.

…………………………………………………
Honourable Sir Allan Kemakeza
PRIME MINISTER

ACKNOWLEDMENT back to top 

The National Coalition Government acknowledges the effort, time and commitment of persons and organizations that have assisted in putting together the Government's Program of Action.  Gratitude is due to the Office of the Prime Minister in providing funds to put this document together and the Solomon Islands Printers for printing and binding this volume. Special thanks are due to the Manager and the former Executive Secretary of the People's Alliance Party Office as well as assistance given by the Secretariat of the Association of Independent Members of Parliament (AIMP). Their inputs have been invaluable.

………………………………………………………………….
Sir George Lepping
(GCMG, MBE, KSt J)
Chairman of the Task Force

PART ONE

MISSION STATEMENT back to top

The National Coalition Government (NCG) comprising at its core elected MPs from the Peoples Alliance Party (PAP) and elected MPs from the Association of Independent Members Group (AIMG) assumed power when the country had reached its lowest. From the very beginning, there was little doubt that the sovereign mandate to lead the country was a heavy one. The weight and welter of such a mandate involves holding together the country when it had almost fall asunder. We thank God for His mercy and grace that had augur so well for us even at our lowest period in our National Life!

That aside, the NCG is committed to a Vision. This Vision is to offer Solomon Islanders hope and get hold of opportunities, however rare the latter come these days. NCG hopes to do this through the provision of Confident Political Leadership and the Reworking of the Shattered Economy. This is pusued in the hope that Solomon Islands will, once again, prosper as a united Nation of diverse Traditions and Cultures. 

In pursuing this Vision, NCG is charged with a Mission. Acting on the Mercy, Guidance and Direction of the Almighty, energized with the Mandate from the people of Solomon Islands and embracing the Principles of Good and Responsible Governance, NCG strives in the earnest to fulfill the following Mission goals:  Restore Law and Order so that Peace, Harmony and Investment Confidence return to Solomon Islands; Revive the Economy in order that Productivity, Growth and Prosperity are achieved; Reform the Political System to increase Peoples' Participation in decision-making and in so doing, strengthen Good Governance; and Reform the Government System in order to improve Efficiency, beef up Service Delivery and enlarge our Financial Capability.

In pursuing the above goals, the Government is cognizant of the need to continue with some of the ongoing programs and projects that had, hitherto fore, been pursued. In all these, fundamental adjustments have to be made in order to facilitate Sustainable Progress and ensure Prosperity

We invite and call on the Provincial Assemblies, Church Leaders, Leaders in the Public and Private Sectors, Village Leaders, Women Leaders and Youth Leaders and our Students to assist us work toward Peace and Harmony and to better the quality of life for all Solomon Islanders. 

PART TWO back to top 

CHALLENGES, PRINCIPLES & OBJECTIVES

INTRODUCTION back to top
  • The challenges facing the Government over the past ethnic conflict period are formidable. But with determination and political will are not unsolvable. Some of these challenges call for immediate attention whilst others can be addressed on a medium to long-term basis.
  • Hence, whilst the Government is mindful of the diverse needs of the country, it is presented with a position where it has to set priorities to address urgent issues and simultaneously pay attention to medium and long term planning. Along with the afore-mentioned any established policy framework will have to control and monitor the distribution of limited resources to ensure the principles of fairness and equity are upheld.
IMMEDIATE CHALLENGES back to top
  • The Government will give priority attention to the following issues during its first year in office.
  • Law and Order
    • The restoration of Law and Order and hence internal security is crucial if the peace process is to be sustained, public confidence and normalcy restored for the revitalization of the economy.
    • The Government will undertake these measures: 
    • Set a date [31st.May 2002] for the return of illegal arms as required by the Amnesty Act;
    • Take appropriate measures to restore discipline in the Police Force;
    • Reduce the number of Special Constables to an affordable level required by the Police Force as stipulated in the TPA;
    • Strengthen the Police Force by continuing recruitment and training;
    • Ensure that all arms presently held by Police and Prison Service Officers are returned to the Armory and strictly keep a register of arms leaving the Armory for operational purposes;
    • Aggressively pursue disarming of those in possession of illegal firearms; ammunitions and weapons of war.
    • Arrest, detain and prosecute perpetrators of criminal activities.
PEACE PROCESS

The following will be undertaken:

  • As soon as practicable reconvene Townsville Peace Agreement (TPA) review meetings between the parties to the agreement;
  • Engage the Melanesian Brotherhood [Tasius] of the Church of Melanesia to assist in the retrieval of arms, ammunition and weapons of war;
  • Prudently continue to pay reasonable compensation where proper and appropriate for properties lost as required by the TPA;
  • Seek funding for the rehabilitation of ex-combatants in genuine cases;
  • Implement the demobilization, reintegration and rehabilitation programs;
  • Initiate dialogue with the discontented elements of the Isatabu Freedom Movement with a view to bringing them to accept and be involved in the Peace process.
FINANCE

The following will be undertaken:

Monetary Sector

  • Re-establish confidence in the securities markets by servicing and settling outstanding debts;
  • Refrain from domestic borrowing to prevent a crowding out of the private sector;
  • Protect and ensure that the foreign exchange is maintained at a satisfactory level.

Fiscal Sector

  • Broaden the taxation base;
  • Strengthen collection of government revenue;
  • Amend the Customs and Excise Act to vest the discretionary power of granting remissions in acommittee;
  • Establish a cash flow unit in the Ministry;
  • Reduce the government's expenditure on payroll and other payments;
  • Maintain a creditable budget by ensuring its integrity;
  • Privatise ICSI port folio companies where appropriate;
  • Privatise the Development Bank of Solomon Islands (DBSI);
  • Work on reviving these projects:
    • SIPL
    • Gold Ridge Mining
PRINCIPLES back to top

The following are Principles which the Government has adopted as guidelines for the process of National Development and Nation-building:

  • Continue to uphold the democratic principles of universal suffrage and the responsibility of executive authorities to elected bodies;
  • Advance and uphold the principles of equality, social justice and the sharing of costs and benefits of the development of our resources;
  • Respect and enhance human dignity and strengthen the building of our communal solidarity;
  • Cherish and promote the different cultural traditions within Solomon Islands to achieve diversity in unity;
  • Ensure active participation of our people in the governance of their affairs and provide within the framework of our national unity for the decentralization of power;
  • Provide good leadership to encourage our people to be purposeful in the development of their resources and thereby be able to contribute to the building up of Solomon Islands to be an inclusive society in line with our good, traditional and cultural norms and practices;
  • Promote self-reliance as a means to encouraging our people to be productive in all spheres of development;and
  • Encourage partnerships in development and adopt a gender-balanced approach in education and employment on the basis of just opportunity for all our people.
NATIONAL OBJECTIVES back to top

The following National Objectives have been set by the Government:

  • Consolidate and sustain the Peace Process and the restoration of Law and Order to ensure the nation attains peace, unity and harmony;
  • Reconstruct the social and economic infrastructure, halt the current economic decline, stabilize and reverse it, thereby attain economic recovery;
  • Downsizing the Public Service and shift resources towards private sector driven economic growth;
  • Servicing and settling the nation's debts within reasonable time and maintain greater financial sustainability and stability;
  • Foster a greater sense of National Unity and Identity;
  • Promote better distribution of the benefits of development and ensure a healthy, to literate and a contended population;
  • Achieve political stability and de-centralized decision making;
  • Generate job opportunities for Solomon Islands growing population;
  • Achieve higher economic growth, wealth and social well-being for all in Solomon Islands;
  • Advance Solomon Islands for its existence in the 21st century; and
  • Ensure Solomon Islands is properly governed. 

PART THREE: PRIORITIES back to top 

The Government will give priority attention to the following issues during its first year in office.

Restoration of Law and Order back to top
  • The restoration of Law and Order and hence internal security is crucial if the peace process is to be sustained;public confidence and normalcy should be restored to allow for the revitalization of the economy.
  • The Government will undertake these measures:
    • Set a date for the return of illegal arms as required by the Amnesty Act;
    • Take appropriate measures to restore discipline in the Police Force;
    • Reduce the number of Special Constables to an affordable level required by the Police Force; 
    • Strengthen the Police Force by continuing recruitment and training;
    • Ensure that all arms presently held by Police and Prison Service Officers are returned to the RSIPF Armory and strictly keep a register of arms leaving the RSIPF Armory for operational purposes;
    • Aggressively pursue disarming of those in possession of illegal firearms; ammunitions and weapons of war;
    • Arrest, detain and prosecute perpetrators of criminal activities; and
    • Implement the Amnesty Acts.
Peace Process back to top

The following will be undertaken:

  • As soon as practicable reconvene Townsville Peace Agreement (TPA) review meetings between the parties to the Agreement;
  • Engage the Melanesian Brotherhood [Tasius] of the Church of Melanesia to assist in the retrieval of arms,ammunition and weapons of war;
  • Prudently continue to pay reasonable compensation where proper and appropriate for lost properties as required by the TPA;
  • Seek funding for the rehabilitation of ex-combatants where there are genuine cases;
  • Implement the demobilization, reintegration and rehabilitation programs;
  • Initiate and continue dialogue with the discontented elements of the Isatabu Freedom Movement [IFM] who were not parties to the TPA with a view to bringing them to accept and to be involved in the Peace process;
  • Encourage women, youth, Churches, NGOs, Traditional Leaders and other members of the Civil Society to actively participate in the Peace Process; and
  • Strengthen the Peace and Reconciliation Committee (PRC) to efficiently and effectively play its role in the Peace Process so as to advance National Reconciliation and Healing.
Constitutional, Legislative, Political & Structural Reform: back to top
  • Neither centralization nor de-centralization guarantees complete national unity. This depends ultimately on the will of the people who make up the Nation- State. It is in this context that the desire of Provinces towards more autonomy in the form of Statehood cannot be ignored nor deferred for a later time. It is in the National Interest of Solomon Islands that a home-grown Federal System of Government which takes into serious consideration the unity, rights, wishes, security, prosperity, participation and pursuits of happiness of all the people in the Country can be encouraged, designed, established and progressively brought into operation as soon as practicable.
  • Political stability is essential to the Nation's development and progress. The Government intends to take appropriate actions to remove any legal or administrative impediments to its political reform and progress. In the interest of developing the political party system it will also consider providing financial assistance to legallyestablished functioning political parties which meet certain required criteria, standards and code of conduct for leaders will also be drawn up and enforced. 
  • The following will be undertaken:
    • Appoint a Constitutional Council to rewrite the Constitution with the view to effect major constitutional reforms to change the system of Government from a Unitary Constitutional Monarchy to a sovereign democratic Federal Republic within the Commonwealth of Nations. This is taking into account the report of the "State Government Task Force 2001";
    • Reduce the number of Ministries to 10 whilst retaining 20 Political Heads of Departments;
    • Establish a revised Economic and Structural Reform Program;
    • Introduce a special Provincial Government Bill in Parliament to defer elections in dissolved Provincial Assemblies for one year in view of the Government's current financial difficulties;
    • Introduce an amendment to the Customs and Excise Act which vests the discretionary power of granting remissions in a committee;
    • Effect political reforms to ensure political stability by reforming the constitution to:
    • Provide for a Political party with the majority after a general election to form the Government; and Cause elected MPs who switch party affiliations to automatically vacate their seats and bye-elections be held.
Education back to top

Education is a right and all citizens should have access to it as a matter of right. In its resolve to revitalize the education sector in the post conflict period the Government will ensure that a minimum level of Education Services are restored and maintained. 

The Government will also undertake:

  • Strengthen the Education Services for the populace making certain that all women and children have access to basic Education Services;
  • Launch a program which include the rehabilitation of schools, Rural Training Centers, supply of school materials to new schools. This will be done in partnership with concerned groups including development partners;
  • Review the education system with a view to doing away with elimination exams until Form 5. It should subsidize school fees until Form 6; and
  • Adopt as a matter of policy the establishment of and support for Vocational Training Schools as a stream parallel to the academic stream.
Health and Medical Services back to top

Access to proper health care is the right of every citizen. The Government subscribes to the conviction that "healthy people make a healthy nation". In its resolve to revitalize the health sector the Government will restore and maintain basic Health Services. The Government will also undertaken to:

  • Strengthen the Health and Medical Services to make it certain all women and children have access to basic Health Services;
  • Launch a program which include the rehabilitation of health centers and clinics, the provision of needed drugs and construction of new clinics. This program will be carried out with the active participation and partnership of parents, communities, NGOs and development partners;
  • Convene a National Health Seminar to address all related health issues including HIV-AIDS 'epidemic' in the Asia-Pacific region;
  • Work towards the general acceptance of the Primary Health Care Program to achieve the global aim of "Health for All" by the year 2005.
FINANCE back to top

The following will be undertaken:

Monetary Sector

  • Re-establish confidence in the securities markets by servicing and settling outstanding debts;
  • Refrain from domestic borrowing to crowd out the private sector;
  • Protect and ensure that the foreign exchange is maintained at a satisfactory level. 

Fiscal Sector

  • Broaden the taxation base;
  • Strengthen collection of government revenue;
  • Amend the Customs and Excise Act to vest discretionary power of growing remissions in a committee;
  • Establish a cash flow unit in the Ministry;
  • Reduce government's expenditure on payroll and other payments;
  • Maintain a creditable budget by ensuring its integrity;
  • Privatise ICSI post folio companies where appropriate;
  • Privatise the Development Bank of Solomon Islands (DBSI);
  • Work on reviving the projects:
    • SIPL
    • Gold Ridge Mining
Productive Sector back to top
Agriculture

The following will be undertaken:

  • Revive and reopen SIPL
  • Encourage all forms of rice growing
  • Assist farmers to establish source farms for domestic consumption as well as for export
  • Provide assistance to rehabilitate cocoa and coffee projects and increase cocoa and coffee planting
  • Accelerate the development of the Palm Oil Plantation on Vangunu, Western Province and the 'out-grower scheme
  • Privatise the livestock industry - LDA
  • Identify, diversify and encourage other cash crops for export
  • Actively pursue the development of the Aluta Basin Palm Oil project
Lands

The Government will undertake the following in this sector:

  • Introduce the Lands Titles Act Amendment Bill in Parliament
  • Collect all outstanding land rentals and institute legal action against those who fail to pay up
  • Return selected alienated land to identified rightful land-owners
  • Complete work on peri-urban policy on TOL areas
  • Immediate reviewing of land/s that have been properly and lawfully granted but have not been developed with a view to repossessing those lands
  • Identify, acquire and allocate land for development in urban centers and rural areas
Forestry

The following will be undertaken:

  • Encourage local and foreign logging companies that have suspended operations to restart their activities and issue licences to new ones.
  • Expand domestic and export market for plantation and indigenous timber.
  • Review and amend the relevant sections of the Forestry Act.
  • Increase sustainable harvesting of plantations and natural forest timber strands.
  • Continue to encourage the privatisation of the re-aforestation programs and projects.
  • Encourage tree planting on smallholder basis throughout the country.

Fisheries

The following will be undertaken:

  • Review fishing licence fee, charges and levies.
  • Rehabilitate fisheries in rural areas and provide training and financial assistance to local fishermen to engage in more commercially based fishing activities.
  • Rehabilitate giant clam farms and encourage the setting up of pearl/oyster, sea-weed, bech-de-mer farms and research and development projects of the above.
  • Encourage a controlled and sustainable export of live reef fish.
 
Tourism

The following will be undertaken:

  • Recruit under Technical Assistance the head of the Tourism Division.
  • Recruit under Technical Assistance an advisor to the Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau [SIVB].
  • Reduce through subsidy international airfares of Solomon Islands Airlines for a reasonable period.
  • Dispatch a delegation to discuss with relevant countries which still place travel embargoes by advising their citizens not to travel Solomon Islands.
  • Continue to aggressively promote Solomon Islands overseas as a safe (or an alternative) tourist destination.
  • Rehabilitate tourism facilities and encourage credit line to set up Eco-tourism establishments especially in rural areas.
Infrastructure Development

Existing social and economic infrastructure are either affected by the effects of the ethnic conflict or in need of urgent maintenance. The rehabilitation of these infrastructure and building of new ones are essential to revitalise the economy. The Government is therefore committed to rehabilitate social and economic infrastructure and building new ones needed to facilitate halting of the current economic decline, stabilise and finally reverse it to achieve economic recovery.

Commerce Trade and Industries

The following will be undertaken:

  • Review the operations and functions of CEMA with the view to divesting of its monopoly status. 
  • Approach the MSG member countries to understand Solomon Islands need to place tariffs on imports currently enjoyed as non-tariff under the MSG's Trade Agreement.
  • In collaboration with the private sector, formulate a recovery program for industries and business ventures that have suffered from the ethnic conflict.
  • Review or amend the Foreign Investment Act, Immigration Act, Employment Act and Passport Act.
  • Formulate investment profiles and promote them to interested foreign investors and developers.
  • Establish and declare 'duty-free zones' within the Country.
  • Continue work on the Noro Industrial Township, Bina Harbour Industrial Port and Wairokai Indutrial Seaport;
  • Establish work on Selwyn Bay Industrial seaport; and
  • Establish work on Vanikoro Industrial Seaport. 

GOVERNMENT FUNCTIONS back to top 

OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER

  • Coordination of Ministerial Functions 
  • Cabinet
  • National Development Council
  • National Parliamentary and Political Affairs
  • Constitutional Affairs
  • Information
  • Honours and Awards
  • National Security

STATUTORY AUTHORITY

  • Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation
  • Commission of inquiry 
  • Leadership Code Commission
  • Ombudsman Commission
  • Public Service Commission
  • Judicial & Legal Service Commission
  • Police and Prison Service Commission
  • Teaching Service Commission
  • National Education Commission (proposed)

MINISTRY OF HOME AND ECCLESIASTICAL AFFAIRS

  • Citizenship 
  • Local Government - Honiara City
  • Electoral Functions
  • Ecclesiastical Affair
  • Gaming and Lotteries
  • Public Holidays
  • Cinematography & Censorship
  • National Archives
  • National Disasters

STATUTORY AUTHORITY

  • National Disaster Council
  • Gaming and Lottery Board
  • Honiara City Council
  • Electoral Commission
  • MINISTRY OF FINANCE

    • The Budget
    • Banking
    • Loans and Guarantees
    • Statistics
    • Treasury
    • Internal Auditing Systems & Stock verification 
    • Aid Management (Bilateral & Multi-lateral)
    • Inland Revenue
    • Custom & Excise
    • Insurance
    • Price Control
    • Central Tendering 
    • Financial Management & Accountability
    • Macroeconomic Policy

    STATUTORY AUTHORITY

    • Central Bank of Solomon Islands
    • Solomon Islands National Provident Fund
    • Investment Corporation of Solomon Islands
    • Development Bank of Solomon Islands
    • Credit Union League
    • Home of Finance Corporation
    • Peoples Bank (Proposed)
    • Solomon Islands Unit Trust (Proposed)
    • Auditor General Office
    • Central Tender Board

    MINISTRY OF ECONOMIC REFORMS & STRUCTURAL ADJUSTMENTS

    • Constitutional & Legislative Reforms
    • Public Service Reforms 
    • Monetary & Fiscal Reforms
    • Sectoral Reforms
    • Institutional Reforms

    MINISTRY OF RECONCILIATION PEACE AND NATIONAL UNITY

    • Peace Process
    • Reconciliation
    • Rehabilitation

    MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

    • Foreign Affairs
    • Diplomatic Relations - Bilateral & Multilateral
    • Consular matters and Relations
    • Protocol -Ceremonials
    • Representations- Overseas Missions
    • Treaties and Conventions
    • Trade Relations

    MINISTRY OF FORESTRY, ENVIRONMENT & CONSERVATION

    • Forestry
    • Research
    • Environment & Conservation
    • Timber Marketing and Research
    • Licensing

    STATUTORY AUTHORITY

    • Timber & Marketing Board (Proposed)

    MINISTRY OF COMMERCE, EMPLOYMENT & TRADE

    • Investment
    • Local Entrepreneurship
    • Immigration
    • Labour
    • Trade and Testing
    • Industrial Development
    • Trade-Internal & International
    • Commerce

    STATUTORY AUTHORITY

    • Commodity Export Marketing Authority
    • Solomon Islands Ports Authority
    • Investment Board

    MINISTRY OF LANDS & SURVEYS

    • Lands
    • Surveys
    • Hydrography
    • Housing
    • Physical Planning
    • Cartography
    • Resettlement

    MINISTRY OF NATIONAL PLANNING 

    • National Development Planning
    • Manpower Planning
    • Policy Evaluation and Monitoring
    • Coordination and implementation of Programs
    • Project Formulations, Appraisal & Funding
    • Population Planning
    • Micro Projects Unit

    MINISTRY OF CULTURE, TOURISM & AVIATION

    • Tourism Development
    • Cultural Affairs
    • Aviation
    • Meteorology
    • National Museum
    • National Art Gallery & Cultural Center
    • Relics, Monuments & Memorials

    STATUTORY AUTHORITY

    • Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau
    • Civil Aviation Authority (Proposed)
    • Air Transport Licensing Authority
    • National Cultural Commission (Proposed)

    MINISTRY OF PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT

    • Provincial Government Development
    • Provincial Budgets
    • Rural Development
    • Provincial Development Unit

    MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT, WORKS & COMMUNICATIONS

    • Infrastructure Development (Road & Bridges)
    • Shipping and Maritime
    • Communications
    • Postal Services
    • Spectrum
    • Television
    • Land Transport

    STATUTORY AUTHORITY

    • Postal Corporation
    • Solomon Islands Television Board

    MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND MEDICAL SERVICES

    • Health & Medical Services
    • Institutional Infrastructure Development
    • Environmental Health
    • Social Welfare
    • Health Education
    • Population Control

    STATUTORY AUTHORITY

    • Medical Board
    • Dental Board
    • Hospital Board
    • Nursing Council
    • Pharmaceutical Board
    • Practitioners Board

    MINISTRY OF POLICE NATIONAL SECURITY AND JUSTICE

    • Law and Order
    • Police Training
    • Law enforcement and security 
    • Fire Service
    • Vehicle Licensing and Registration
    • Traffic
    • Solomon Islands National Reconnaissance and Surveillance Force
    • Law Reform
    • Public Solicitor
    • Director of Public Prosecution
    • Attorney General Chambers
    • Fire Arms Control & Licensing

    MINISTRY OF MINES, ENERGY AND WATER RESOURCES

    • Mining
    • Mining Exploration
    • Energy
    • Water Resources
    • Geology
    • Licensing
    • Hydrology

    STATUTORY AUTHORITY
    • Solomon Island Electricity Authority
    • Solomon Islands Authority

    MINISTRY OF EDUCATION AND TRAINING

    • Institutional Infrastructure Development
    • Education Policy
    • Schools and Education Institutions
    • Inspectorate
    • Curriculum
    • Selection and Guidance
    • Informal Education
    • Teaching Services
    • Library Services
    • Scholarship

    STATUTORY AUTHORITY

    • Solomon Islands College of Higher Education

    MINISTRY OF WOMEN, YOUTH AND SPORTS DEVELOPMENT

    • Youth Development
    • Sports Development
    • Women Development
    • Parks

    STATUTORY AUTHORITY

    • National Council of Women
    • National Youth Congress
    • National Sports Council

    MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE AND LIVESTOCK

    • Agriculture
    • Quarantine
    • Livestock
    • Research
    • Extension
    • Farm Management and Development

    STATUTORY AUTHORITY

    • Livestock Development Authority

    MINISTRY OF FISHERIES AND MARINE RESOURCES

    • Fisheries Resources
    • Marine Resources
    • Fisheries Licensing
    • Marine Conservation

    OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER back to top 

    BACKGROUND

    The office of the Prime Minister is fully responsible for the overall coordination of the government through the  executive collective decisions of the Cabinet and Caucus.

    FUNCTIONS OF THE OFFICE

    (i) The following Portfolio subjects are formally assigned to this  office:

    • Coordination of Ministerial Functions;
    • Cabinet;
    • Public Service;
    • National Policy Unit (NPU);
    • National Parliamentary and Political Affairs;
    • Constitutional Affairs and Development;
    • Information;
    • Honors and Awards; and
    • National Security.

    (ii) This Office is responsible and answerable for the following Statutory Authorities:

    • Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation;
    • Commission of Inquiry;
    • Leadership Code Commission;
    • Public Service Commission;
    • Ombudsman Commission;
    • Judicial & Legal Service Commission;
    • Police and Prison Service Commission; and
    • Teaching Service Commission.

    3. POLICY OBJECTIVES
    The Objectives of the Office are to:

    • Coordinate the work of all Ministers and their Line Ministries;
    • Progressively develop the National Constitution with a view to effect major Constitutional Reforms to change the form and system of Government form a Unitary Constitutional Monarchy to a sovereign Democratic Federal Republic with the Commonwealth of Nations;
    • Effect political reforms to ensure political stability and participation of all citizens in the governance of the country;
    • Strengthen the Government solidarity through full participation of the Government backbenchers;
    • Develop an information delivery system that plays its role in the promotion of National development, unity and identity;
    • Enhance Parliamentary Democracy through strengthening and developing of the National Parliament 
    • Infrastructure, Services and Parliamentary practices;
    • Improve efficiency, productivity, cost effectiveness and service delivery of the Public Service;
    • Introduce and implement a revised Reform and Structural Adjustment Program;
    • Improve bilateral relations with selected countries; and
    • Restoration of National Security.

    4. DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES

    In pursuit of its objective this Office shall be guided by the following strategies:

    • Establish a Policy, Security and Coordinating Unit;
    • Establish a (Think Tank) within the Office of the Prime Minister;
    • Recruit a legal advisor, economic and financial advisor to work in the Prime Ministers Office; and 
    • Take an active role in developing bilateral relationship with selected Asian countries.

    5. PROGRAM TARGETS: 2002 - 2005

    The Office shall pursue the following program targets:

    • Appoint the Constitutional Council to rewrite the Constitution taking into account the report of the "State Government Task Force 2001";
    • Establish a Policy Security and Coordinating Unit and a "Think Tank" within the Prime Minister's Office; 
    • Recruit legal, financial and economic advisors;
    • Engage back-benchers as Board Chairpersons, Chairpersons of Parliamentary Standing Committees and on special assignments;
    • Lead a business delegation to Malaysia, Singapore, Japan and Republic of China;
    • To provide for political stability by reforming the Constitution to:
      • Provide for a Political Party with the majority after General Elections to form the Government;
      • Elected Members of Parliament who switch party membership after General Elections to automatically lose their seats and seek re-election.
    • Review the Leadership Code (Further Provision Act) and Ombudsman Commission (Further Provisions Act);
    • Introduce a revised Reform and Structural Adjustment Program;
    • Review the Public Service Act taking into account the following:
      • Rightsizing of the Public Service;
      • Recruit suitable persons under Technical Assistance to head the Public Service;
      • Public Service Wage Structure;
      • All Senior Officers be required to sign "Performance Contracts" with the Public Service Commission;
      • NPF Scheme to replace Pensions Scheme;
      • In-service Training; and
      • Appropriate examinations to be set up for Public Service recruitment and promotions.
    • Continue to put in place an Act of Parliament for the Terms and Conditions of Former Prime Ministers;
    • Arrange Provincial visits by the Prime Minister;
    • Coordinate and disseminate as widely as possible information on Government's development policies;
    • Establish formally the National Security Council; and
    • Set up a Commission of Inquiry into acquisition of land on Guadalcanal by non-Guadalcanal persons with a view to making findings and recommendations on the validity of land transactions prior to 1st October 1998.

    MINISTRY OF HOME AND ECCLESIASTICAL AFFAIRS back to top 

    1. BACKGROUND

    The Ministry deals with the internal portfolio subjects. Its primary aims include the need to present and promote Solomon Islands' image and to instill nationalism, patriotism, pride and a sense of belonging and identity in our people.

    2. FUNCTIONS OF THE MINISTRY

    (i) The Portfolio subjects formally assigned to the Ministry are:

    • Citizenship;
    • Local Government-Honiara City and Territories;
    • Births, Deaths and Marriages;
    • Elections;
    • Ecclesiastical Affairs;
    • Gaming and Lotteries;
    • Public Holidays;
    • Civic Affairs;
    • Cinematography and Censorship;
    • National Archives;
    • National Disasters; and
    • National Symbols and Banners.

    (ii) The Ministry is responsible and answerable for the following Statutory Authorities:

    • Electoral Commission;
    • Constituency Boundary Commission;
    • Honiara City Council;
    • National Disaster Council;
    • Gaming and Lotteries Board; and
    • Censorship Board.

    3. POLICY OBJECTIVES:

    The Objectives of the Ministry are to:

    • Establish and promote more acceptable criteria for the acquisition of citizenship;
    • Review and amend the Electoral Provisions Act and the National Constitution to provide for more efficient, participatory and representative democratic electoral process;
    • Coordinate and promote more effectively ecclesiastical affairs of the people as provided for in the National Constitution for the freedom of association and worship;
    • Promote the efficient and effective operations of the Honiara City Council and Territories which are directly administered by the National Government under the Federal System;
    • Manage and promote disaster awareness including dissemination of information to the populace through out the Nation for the purposes of disaster preparedness and efficient deliveries of relief services to disaster stricken areas; and
    • Foster National respect, identity and diversity in unity.

    4. DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES

    The Ministry will be guided by the following strategies in pursuance of its objectives:

    • Ensure fair and acceptable criteria for the acquisition of Solomon Islands citizenship;
    • Keep the National Parliament Electoral Provisions Act and the National Constitution under close scrutiny and Examination to ensure the attainment of fair representative government at all Levels of Solomon Islands Society;
    • Safeguard the ecclesiastical affairs of the People in the exercise of their basic rights and freedoms as provided for in the Constitution;
    • Improve the administration of the Electoral Commission by providing proper and appropriate resources to carry out its functions;
    • Continue to improve the work of the National Disaster Council for disaster preparedness and relief work; 
    • Foster a close working partnership with The Solomon Islands Christian Association (SICA) and  Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO's);

    5. PROGRAM TARGETS: 2002-2005

    The following Program targets will be pursued:

    • Review and amend the Citizenship Act. Dual Citizenship should be considered;
    • Review the performance of the National Disaster Council with a view to enhancing its role and performance;
    • Work on the adaptation of a national dress;
    • Continue to assess the number and Boundaries of electoral constituencies; 
    • Review the Gaming and Lotteries Act and All licences issued to casinos;
    • Establish a Church Trust Foundation;
    • Provide schools throughout the country with the National Flag and establish a National Flag Day for schools;
    • Draw up a policy on refugees and asylum seekers; and
    • Work closely with SICA and NGO's; and
    • Institute a 'Thanksgiving Week' each year for the reunion of families, clans, tribes, and for rendering gratitude to God for his great kindness in life. 

    MINISTRY OF FINANCE back to top 

    1. BACKGROUND

    The diagnosis of the Public sector expenditure over the past years has revealed the need for the Ministry of Finance to restructure its Public Sector expenditure. The Ministry will focus on six major issues:

    • The serious institutional, procedural, and processing Problems of budgeting, investment planning and co-ordination.
    • The accounting function is very weak, leading to poor control and non-existence of Auditing.
    • Recurrent costs continue to be high.
    • >Expenditure pattern does not reflect Government's priorities.
    • Institutional and administrative capacity is both weak in the line Ministries and in the government statutory bodies.
    • The public sector investment programs are too large for the Government's implementation capacity.

    2. FUNCTIONS OF THE MINISTRY

    (i) The Portfolio subjects formally assigned to the Ministry are:

    • Budget;
    • Banking;
    • Treasury;
    • Loans and Guarantees;
    • Statistics;
    • Internal Auditing, Systems and Verification;
    • Aid Management (Bilateral & Multi-lateral);
    • Inland Revenue;
    • Customs & Excise;
    • Insurance;
    • Price Control;
    • Central Tendering;
    • Financial Management & Accountability; and
    • Macro Economic Policy.
    • The Ministry is responsible for and answerable to the following Statutory Authorities:

    • Central Bank of Solomon Islands;
    • Development Bank of Solomon Islands;
    • Solomon Island National Provident Fund;
    • Investment Corporation of Solomon Islands and its Portfolio Companies;
    • Solomon Island Credit Union League;
    • Home Finance Corporation;
    • Solomon Mutual Insurance (SMI);
    • Merchant Bank (Proposed);
    • Solomon Islands Unit Trust (Proposed);
    • Auditor General's Office; and
    • Central Tender Board.

    3. POLICY OBJECTIVES

    The objectives of the Ministry are to:

    • Develop an efficient and effective fiscal and monetary policies;
    • Develop and implement a Provincial funding system;
    • Strengthen Ministerial staff through an appropriate training;
    • Improve and strengthen the Revenue collection divisions;
    • Further develop the 1979 Loans and Security Act;
    • Reduce budget deficit;
    • Improve budgetary discipline in all Ministries;
    • Improve financial control and macro-economic management;
    • Broaden the base of the financial system;
    • Improve availability of credit facilities in rural areas;
    • Maintain an interest rate regime conducive to the private sector;
    • Reduce inflation rate; and
    • Restore and protect foreign exchange reserve to satisfactory level.

    4. DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES

    To pursue its objectives the Ministry will be guided by the following strategies:

    • Make budget more transparent; prepare realistic financing plan for all domestic and external resources, investment and recurrent expenditure including debt services on a commitment basis;
    • Introduce a program of budgetary and accrual accounting system into the budget;
    • Improve tax administration and collection;
    • Reduce the overall deficit to levels sustainable with the domestic financial system;
    • Encourage the establishment of financial institutions to increase competition and improve available services;
    • Maintain positive real interest rates and maintain a flexible interest rate policy;
    • Apply sound monetary and fiscal policies to bring down and stabilize the rate of inflation; and
    • Implement a review of tax and tariff structures to be consistent with macro-economic and policy objectives.

    5. PROGRAM TARGETS: 2002-2005

    These program targets will be undertaken:

    • Privatization of ICSI portfolio companies;
    • Budget preparation and implementation;
    • Review of import and export duty;
    • Vest the discretionary powers to grant duty and goods tax remissions in a Committee;
    • Review and broaden tax basis;
    • Review the Government Accounting system;
    • Establish of a Public Enterprises Unit;
    • Establishment of a Provincial Funding system;
    • Enact legislation to merge current Goods and Sales Tax systems into a single VAT system;
    • Introduce a fixed levy per cubic meter on all round logs exported.
    • Establish and encourage credit facilities for rural resources owners to assist them develop their resources especially in these areas;
      • Tourism;
      • Cottage industries;
      • Small-scale Commercial fishing;
      • Mining;
      • Shipping;
      • Rural mini-hydro power plants; and
      • Honey, cocoa, rice, livestock;
    • Transform DBSI into People's Bank;
    • Review the NPF;
    • In line with the policy of Home Improvement set up a Home Credit Facility;
    • Review and revise banking and financial system legislation 
    • Review the CBSI Act;
    • Undertake other programs which may be assigned by the responsible Minister and Cabinet; and
    • Undertake and revive the following identified projects;
    • Gold Ridge Mining;
    • SIPL;
    • Honiara Main Road Upgrading Project;
    • Merchant Bank Establishment;
    • People's Bank;
    • Unit Trust Establishment;
    • Munda International Airport;
    • Fuel Storage relocation;
    • Aluta Basin Oil Palm project;
    • Guadalcanal Province Headquarters; and
    • CEMA.

    MINISTRY OF ECONOMIC REFORM & STRUCTURAL ADJUSTMENTS. back to top 

    1. BACKGROUND

    Solomon Islands have considerable potential to achieve balanced social and economic development. However, the prospects for a medium-term growth are shadowed by substantial fiscal imbalances, persistent inflation, inadequate economic infrastructure, shortage of skilled manpower, and low level of international reserves. While some real GDP growth has been maintained in recent years, the private sector continues to be squeezed by Government pre-emption of the domestic savings and the inflationary effect of the monetarizing huge budget deficits.  This Ministry has been introduced to emphasize the commitment to economic and structural reforms.

    2. FUNCTIONS OF THE MINISTRY

    The portfolio subjects formally assigned to the Ministry are:

    • Constitutional & Legislative Reform;
    • Public Service Reforms;
    • Monetary & Fiscal Reforms;
    • Sectoral Reforms; and
    • Institutional Reforms.

    3. POLICY OBJECTIVES

    The Objectives to be pursued are to:

    • Restore and retain the economy onto a stable and sustainable level where investment is conducive so that the country is able to compete with the outside world;
    • Continue to improve essential services and economic infrastructures;
    • Effective utilization of external resources; and
    • Effective planning and management of the Public investments.

    4. DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES

    In pursuing its objectives the Ministry will adhere to these strategies:

    • The stimulation and support of private sector Growth on a commercial and competitive base;
    • Maintenance of an undistorted structure of key prices in the economy;
    • The elimination of hidden subsidies interests, rents, wages, salaries and exchange rates;
    • The provision of sites to facilitate access for investments;
    • The streaming of investment approvals; and
    • The continuation of improving manpower training, technology transfer and market development;
    • Establish effective planning and budget making executive for public sector, recurrent and capital investment and management of external assistance;
    • Reduce size and cost of Government through salaries, wages, retrench and restructuring of Provincial Government and Ministries within and along the changing roles and responsibilities;
    • Reduce domestic borrowing through restraints placed on recurrent expenditures, reduce subsidies, and expand tax base and collect tax receipts;
    • Re-structure the Government expenditures;
    • Rehabilitation of Government Investments, human resources and improve efficiency and skills; and
    • Continue commercialization and privatization.

    5. PROGRAMME TARGETS

    These proposed program targets will be undertaken.

    5.1 Constitutional and Legislative Reforms

    • Rewrite and amend the Constitution And amend other subsidiary legislation with the aim of removing duplication, inefficiency and other impediments that hinder development:
    • Introduce new legislation to cope with Modern day development aspirations of Solomon Islanders;
    • Enforce the various existing legislations and bring to justice all offenders. 
    • Scrutinize and amend as necessary the Following:
      • The National Constitution 
      • Public Finance and Audit Act
      • Investment Act
      • Land and Titles Act
      • Labor Act

    5.2 Public Service Reforms

    • Review Public Service functions and structures;
    • Review Public Service Terms and conditions.
    • Review of the Public Service Act and amend the existing General Orders to: Improve manpower training.

    5.3 Fiscal and Monetary Reforms

    Reviews would be carried out on these:

    • Taxation;
    • Exemptions and concessions;
    • Expenditures restraints;
    • Subsidies and transfers;
    • Monetary & Credit Policy;
    • International Reserves;
    • Exchange Rate; and
    • External Debt.

    5.4 Institutional Reforms

    These reforms will be undertaken:

    • Public Sector investments;
    • Strengthening of Financial Institution;
    • Review of Social Sector expenditure; and
    • Privatization & commercialization.

    5.5 Sectoral Reforms

    • Review of the Agricultural development;
    • Promotion of Industrial development;
    • Promotion of Tourism;
    • Development of Human Resources;
    • Forestry and Environmental issues; and
    • Housing Development

    5.6 Social impact of the Structural Adjustments

    5.7 Foreign Financial requirement

    5.8 Technical Assistance

    MINISTRY OF RECONCILIATION, PEACE & NATIONAL UNITY. back to top 

    1. BACKGROUND

    This Ministry has been established to emphasize Government's commitment to pursue and restore peace and normalcy to the country.

    2. FUNCTIONS OF THE MINISTRY

    (i) The Portfolio subjects assigned to the Ministry are:

    • National Reconciliation;
    • Rehabilitation;
    • National Unity; and
    • Peace Process.

    (ii) The Ministry is responsible and answerable for these bodies:

    • Peace Monitoring Council (PMC); and
    • International Peace Monitoring Team (IPMT)

    3. POLICY OBJECTIVES

    The objectives of the Ministry are to:

    • Coordinate and implement the terms of the Townsville Peace Agreement (TPA)
    • Ensure the Peace process is sustained and restored to the country; 
    • Carry out the process of rehabilitating ex-combatants;
    • Ensure the process of National Reconciliation and Healing is achieved;
    • Seek funding for and where appropriate, pay compensation to those who lost properties as stipulated in the TPA;and
    • Implement the Amnesty Act.

    4. DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES

    In pursuing its objectives the Ministry will be guided by these strategies:

    • Reconvene Townsville Peace Agreement Review meetings between the Parties to the agreement;
    • Activate the demobilization, re-integration and rehabilitation plans and programs;
    • Continue to seek funding for rehabilitation of ex-combatants;
    • Identify and create public works to engage ex-combatants;
    • Improve the administration of disbursement of rehabilitation funds;
    • Provide resources and strengthen the work of the Peace and Reconciliation Committee (PRC);
    • Encourage Youth Groups, Women Groups, Churches and NGOs to participate actively in the Peace Process;and
    • Engage the Brotherhood of the Church of Melanesia (Tasius) and other Church organizations to assist in the retrieval of illegal arms.

    5. PROGRAM TARGETS: 2002 - 2005

    The Ministry will pursue these program targets:

    • Reconvene the TPA Review meetings by June 2002;
    • Set a date for the return of arms and ammunitions as required by the Amnesty Acts;
    • Engage the Tasius [Melanesian Brotherhood] to assist in the retrieval of arms;
    • Continue to seek funding for rehabilitation as stipulated in the TPA;
    • Initiate dialogue with renegade factions of the former Isatabu Freedom Movement so that they accept and be involved in the Peace process;
    • Engage Youth, Women, Churches, NGOs and other Civil Society Groups to participate in the Peace process;
    • Coordinate the implementation of the TPA; and
    • Stop all new ethnic related claims.

    MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS. back to top

    1. BACKGROUND

    The Ministry's main task is to promote and safeguard the country's interests and good image overseas through maintaining and enhancing of friendly and cordial relation with states and International and Regional Organizations, especially those states with which it has formal diplomatic ties and organizations of which it is a member.

    2. FUNCTIONS OF THE MINISTRY

    (i) The Portfolio subjects formally assigned to the Ministry are:

    • Foreign Affairs;
    • Diplomatic Relations-Bilateral and Multi-lateral;
    • Consular Relations and Consular matters;
    • Protocol - Ceremonials;
    • Overseas Missions Representation; and 
    • Treaties and Conventions.

    3. POLICY OBJECTIVES

    The Ministry is to pursue these objectives:

    • Conduct its foreign relations based on reciprocal respect for and trust in the sovereignty of other states;
    • Promote the interest of and maintain the sovereignty of Solomon Islands in the conduct of its bilateral and multi-lateral relations;
    • Pursue a foreign aid policy based on selective Rationalization of aid development assistance and usage premised on the aspirations of the Nation;
    • Maintain, support and assess the country's efforts of cooperation with other countries in the South Pacific region, the UN and Commonwealth;
    • Assess the need and scope to establish SI resident representation in the Asian region;
    • Continue reviewing and assessing initiatives for the peaceful resolution of the Bougainville conflict; and
    • Continue staff training to ensure efficient and professional service in the Ministry's Management and operation. 

    4. DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES

    In pursuit of its objectives the Ministry shall pursue these strategies:

    • Build confidence and trust with our development partners;
    • Pursue the strengthening of trade relations and other functional cooperation with Pacific Rim countries;
    • Draft a Foreign Relations Bill and ensure its passage in Parliament;
    • Review Solomon Islands overseas representation with a view to achieving cost effectiveness and  efficiency;
    • Review and assess Solomon Islands relations with other states and membership of international and regional organizations to determine the extent of benefits derived from Those relationships and association;
    • Continue to encourage the PNG Government and BRA leadership to maintain dialogue as a way to seek a negotiated peaceful solution to the Bougainville issue;
    • Ensure cost-effective and efficient of Solomon Islands overseas diplomatic missions and consular offices;
    • Continue to train and maintain a career diplomatic corps for the Ministry's home base and the country's overseas missions; and
    • Enhance and strengthen Solomon Islands relations with others Forum Member countries as well as with the Melanesian Spearhead group Members.

    5. PROGRAM TARGETS: 2002-2005

    These proposed program targets shall be pursued:

    • Actively engaged in dialogue with our development partners with a view to normalizing their sovereign risk rating of Solomon Islands;
    • Dispatch a mission to the Melanesian Spearhead Group member countries to seek their agreement for Solomon Islands to temporarily place tariff on goods currently on exemption under the MSG Trade Agreement;
    • Commission a study mission to the Pacific Rim countries;
    • Carry out an evaluation of the Solomon Islands membership of International and Regional Organizations and institutions and report thereon to SIG;
    • Formulate and enact a Foreign Relations Bill by the end of 2003;
    • Undertake an evaluation report on Solomon Islands diplomatic relations with other states;
    • Continue consultations with PNG Government and BRA leadership until there is a peaceful resolution to the Bougainville issue; 
    • Establish a resident mission, either diplomatic or consular in the ASEAN region;
    • Establish a Diplomatic Training Corps and formulate a professional training program; and
    • Appoint and assign Emissaries to the Asian region and the European Union.

    MINISTRY OF FORESTRY, ENVIRONMENT & CONSERVATION. back to top 

    1. BACKGROUND

    This Ministry is responsible for the important portfolio subjects of Forestry Development, the Environment and Conservation. It is incumbent on the Government to ensure that future generations of Solomon Islands can still enjoy and have experiences of our natural forests, the natural heritage of the country. The forest resources of the country is mostly located on customary lands and hence the Government will put in place policies that assist land owning groups to derive maximum benefit from the utilization of their resources as well as reforestation on already logged land. The forestry sector is a significant contributor in terms of revenue earner for the country and a major source of employment. However, this has been considerably affected by the recent ethnic tension especially on Guadalcanal. The Government puts priority on this productive sector, as its sustainable development will assist in the revitalization of the economy.

    2. FUNCTIONS OF THE MINISTRY

    (i) The portfolio subjects formally assigned to the Ministry are:

    • Forestry;
    • Research;
    • Environmental and Conservation;
    • Timber Marketing and Research; and
    • Licensing.

    (ii) The Ministry is responsible and answerable for these Statutory Authorities:

    • North New Georgia Timber Corporation; and 
    • SI Timber Marketing Board (Proposed).

    3. POLICY OBJECTIVES 

    The objectives of the Ministry are to:

    • Ensure sound Forest Management and Land Conservation practices further developed and  Maintained in perpetuity;
    • Improve the efficiency of forest industry production, strengthen value-added processing  facilities and maximize the market value of logs;
    • Expand domestic and export marketing for plantation and indigenous timber;
    • Support and promote the appropriate end-users of timbers;
    • Involve Landowners in the ownership and operation of the timber industry.
    • Maximize employment opportunities and undertake greater manpower planning, development and training;
    • Promote public awareness to increase environmental, social and economic benefits of forests;
    • Increase timber products other than log exports for domestic consumption and exports;

    4. DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES

    The Ministry will be guided by these strategies in pursuit of its objectives: 

    • Review the Forestry and Environment Acts;
    • Ensure sustainable harvesting of trees;
    • Encourage foreign investors through provision of appropriate incentives to establish processing in veneer and plywood for export;
    • Encourage processing through incentives so that round logs exports would be phased out;
    • Emphasis is placed on enabling resources owners to harvest their own resources on a sustainable basis;
    • Encourage and assist resources owners in processing and exporting their timber resources;
    • Foreign investors and land owners will be required under the terms of their licenses to replant trees on logged land; and
    • Under carbon sink programs, encourage youth and women and landowners to replant trees.

    5. PROGRAM TARGETS: 2002 - 2005

    These program targets will be pursued:

    • Implement a program for policy development, administration and support services in these areas:
      • Management services;
      • Training and education;
      • Timber utilization, research and promotion; and
      • Civic-cultural research.
    • Recruit a TA to head the Forestry Division;
    • Encourage foreign and local companies in replanting by applying appropriate administrative and legislative measures;
    • Establish a Timber Marketing Authority;
    • Review the forestry export quota;
    • Continue to encourage privatization of reforestation programs and projects;
    • Monitor the shipment of export round logs;
    • Assist youth and women grounds and landowners to plant one million trees by 2005;
    • Continue research and inventory of timber resources, other plant species and wild life;
    • Review the Forestry, Environment and Conservation Acts; and
    • Publish a book of all Solomon Islands tree species and fauna for conservation purposes as well as for tourist and public information.

    MINISTRY OF COMMERCE, EMPLOYMENT AND TRADE. back to top 

    1. BACKGROUND

    This Ministry covers the important Economic Sectors of Local and Foreign Investment, Trade, Employment, Commerce and Industrial Development.

    The impact of the ethnic conflict had adversely affected almost all existing activities. In its effort to revitalize the economy, the Government is committed to putting together an economic and financial package which aims at assisting struggling businesses, encourage new investments in all provinces, and diversify the economic base.

    2. FUNCTIONS OF THE MINISTRY

    (i) The Portfolio subjects formally assigned to the Ministry are:

    • Investment;
    • Local Entrepreneur;
    • Immigration;
    • Labour;
    • Trade and Testing;
    • Industrial Development;
    • Commerce; and
    • Internal and External Trade.
    (ii) The Ministry is responsible and answerable for these statutory authorities:
    • Commodities Export Marketing Authority;
    • Solomon Islands Ports Authority;
    • Foreign Investment Board; and
    • Registrar of Corporate Affairs.

    3. POLICY OBJECTIVES

    The objectives of the Ministry are to:

    • Encourage more foreign investors to invest in the country;
    • Encourage more indigenous people to participate in various investment and commercial activities;
    • Diversify into new investment areas;
    • Create more employment opportunities;
    • Encourage foreign investment as a means of transferring skills;
    • Encourage investment as a means of import substitution;
    • Solomon Islands to invest in overseas countries through Unit Trust Development;
    • Reduce trade and balance of payment imbalances;
    • Seek better prices and quality supplies;
    • Encourage re-export;
    • Encourage Trading with other Pacific Countries;
    • Maintain the growth of the Labour Force at a level that is compatible with the creation of employment opportunities;
    • Improve Labour skills, performance and skill at work;
    • Improve employees and employers relationship;
    • Encourage improved commercial activities; and
    • Encourage cottage industries as a further means of self-employment.

    4. DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES

    In pursuing its objectives the Ministry will be guided by these strategies:

    • Design an economic and financial package which aims at rehabilitating struggling businesses and encourage new investments;
    • Repeal and replace the Foreign Investment Act;
    • Establish necessary infrastructure;
    • Provide land for various investments;
    • Establish a one stop-shop to receive and decide on investment proposals;
    • Reserve areas of investment opportunities for indigenous Solomon Islanders;
    • In consultation with the Ministry of Finance, review the present tax regime both direct and indirect tax, to broaden the country's economic base;
    • Set up trade consulars in selected overseas countries;
    • Research into alternative sources of imports and encourage bulk purchase;
    • Review the price Advisory Council with a view to providing it with a Secretariat and established membership;
    • Create an investment climate which will yield more jobs through increased foreign investment and by providing more development opportunities in rural areas;
    • Provide more financial assistance to local Solomon Islanders through the judicious use of its fiscal and monetary policies;
    • Encourage more related and practical training to our local business people;
    • Allocate available land for development purposes;
    • Support and encourage trade delegations to other trading partner nations;
    • Establish an Industrial Commission to promote fair-trading and arbitrate over unfair trading between businesses and corporations; and
    • Liberalize CEMA.

    5. PROGRAM TARGETS: 2002 - 2005

    The Ministry will pursue these program targets:
    • Design an economic and financial package to rehabilitate and assist struggling businesses and encourage new investments;
    • Acquire new sites for industrial development;
    • Identify and reserve areas of investment solely for Solomon Islanders;
    • Review the existing Immigration Act;
    • Review the existing Labour Act;
    • Repeal and replace the Investment Act;
    • Review the Trade Dispute Act;
    • Identify and declare duty free zones;
    • Review the Company Act;
    • Reinstate Foreign and Local Investment Awards;
    • Hold seminars with the private and the commercial sectors;
    • Sponsor Overseas Trade Missions;
    • Expand the Local Industrial activities;
    • Prepare full investment packages for purposes of selling them to foreign investors;
    • Promote local manufactured goods and Agricultural Commodities for export; and
    • Allow multiple visa privileges and Business Immigration special fees to selected Foreign Investors who are involved in processing and manufacturing industries and those who have long term business interest in the country;

    5.1 PROJECTS:

    • Coffee Processing Facility;
    • Cargo vessels;
    • Bina Habour and Noro Development;
    • Duty free zones;
    • Wairokai Industrial Sea Port;
    • Suava Bay Fisheries Center;
    • Ranadi and Henderson Industrial Estates; and
    • Pineapple Juice processing facility;
    • Selwyn Bay Industrial Seaport; and
    • Vanikoro Industrial Seaport.

    MINISTRY OF LANDS AND SURVEY. back to top 

    1. BACKGROUND

    Land is one of the underlying issues that has given rise to the ethnic tension which nearly brought the country to its knees. Hence, new emphasis is being placed on land resources in relation to its use, development and security. This is one of the priority and productive areas that will be attended to by the Government.

    2. FUNCTIONS OF THE MINISTRY

    (i) The portfolio subjects formally assigned to the Ministry are:
    • Lands;
    • Survey;
    • Hydrograph;
    • Cartography;
    • Physical Planning; and
    • Resettlement Scheme;

    3. POLICY OBJECTIVES

    The objectives of the Ministry are to:
    • Distribute residential, civil and public land in urban and semi-urban areas according to need;
    • Maximize the security of Government, freehold and customary land in the country with the view to increasing value per unit of land, security for investment and other usages of land;
    • Return developed and undeveloped alienated and to original landholding groups or tribes either for resettlement on development;
    • Activate and put in motion the 1995 Customary Recording Act;
    • Establish a competent and efficient land management unit for the compilation and dissemination of the land use and development information;
    • Reviews the Land Titles Act and other relevant legislation with a view to vesting the fiscal decision on customary land disputes in the Chiefs; 
    • Identity opportunity areas for proper development; and
    • Identity and acquire land for resettlement of citizens whose low lying islands are threatened by rising sea level and other National Disaster 

    4. DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES

    The Ministry will be guided by these strategies:
    • Immediately review lands that have been lawfully granted but have not been developed with a view to repossessing those lands;
    • Put in motion measures to institutionalize land to increase land security in rural areas;
    • Negotiate with landowners for purposes of an aggressive tourism industry;
    • Regularize and standardize policies on urban, semi-urban and rural areas.

    5. PROGRAM TARGETS: 2002 - 2005

    The Ministry will pursue these program targets: 
    • Appoint, as soon as possible, a new Commissioner of Lands;
    • Return Gizo and Alu Forestry projects to original land owners;
    • Return selected alienated lands to original landowners;
    • Finalize and recommend to the Prime Minister for purposes of appointment a Commission of Inquiry to inquire into acquisition of land on Guadalcanal as required by the Townsville Peace Agreement; 
    • Establish a Lands Trust Board;
    • Continue to appoint and train land recording officers;
    • Complete the work on semi-urban policy on TOL and other peripheral areas;
    • Upgrade the computer system on land information;
    • Table in Parliament the Lands Titles Amendment Bill;
    • Reserve land for resettlement schemes;
    • Carry out a pilot program on customary land reform; and
    • Implement the Customary Land Recording Act.

    MINISTRY OF NATIONAL PLANNING. back to top 

    1. BACKGROUND

    This Ministry is pivotal for the properly planning and coordination of development. From its position of responsibilities, it is able to have an overview of all sectoral and provincial planning activities and programmes. It, therefore, has to ensure that plans, programmes and projects are implemented, monitored and reviewed in line with approved policies and legislative provisions for which expenditure is authorized by Parliament through the Annual Budget Estimates and the National Development Plan. The Programme of Action contains the Guidelines for the formulation and implementation of projects for development in any given period within the time span of the National Development Plan which may range from five to twenty years. The task of project identification, is the responsibility of the other ministries. For the purpose of this present Programme of Action, the chosen time span for the National Development is five years. As a matter of priority, the Ministry will redirect its resources towards post conflict reconstruction, restoration of Law and Order and the revitalization of the National Economy.

    2. FUNCTIONS OF THE MINISTRY

    (i) The Portfolio subjects formally assigned to the Ministry are:
    • National Development Planning;
    • Human Resources Development Planning;
    • Policy Evaluation and Monitoring;
    • Project Formulation, Appraisal and Funding;
    • Programmes Implementation and Coordination; and
    • Population Planning and monitoring.

    3. POLICY OBJECTIVES

    The overall objectives to be pursued are to:
    • Redirect resources towards post conflict reconstruction, restoration of Law and Order and revitalization of the National Economy;
    • Oversee, coordinate and monitor overall national development;
    • Coordinate the implementation of the Programme of Action;
    • Monitor and review sectoral programmes;
    • Evaluate and monitor policies and programmes formulation and implementation; and
    • Coordinate provincial development plans and programmes.

    4. DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES

    The strategies to be pursued are:
    • Redirecting of resources to address post conflict re-construction, restoration of Law and Order and the revitalization of the economy;
    • Review all planning activities which had been undertaken during the past 22 years;
    • Preparation of five years National Development Plan 2002 - 2005;
    • Prepare short term and medium term plans and strategies for economic recovery;
    • Preparation of the population plan;
    • Coordination and monitoring of the program of action;
    • Assess and coordinate development assistance programs from Development Partners;
    • Assist provincial authorities with the training of their planning staff in view of constitutional changes that are to be effected;
    • Re-organisation of the Ministry for effective and efficient performance and productive output;
    • Further development of the role and work of the National Planning Consultative Committee; and
    • Assisting and servicing of the National Development Council.

    5. PROGRAM TARGETS: 2002 - 2005

    The Ministry will pursue these program targets:
    • Redirect resources to address post conflict reconstruction, restoration of Law and Order and economic recovery;
    • Convene a National Economic summit;
    • Prepare and complete the following plans:
      • The National Development Plan 2002 - 2005;
      • A Human Resources Plan 1995 - 2005; and
      • A Population Plan 2002 - 2005.
    • Review Planning activities;
    • Coordinate and monitor the implementation of the program of Action;
    • Carry out policy evaluation and monitoring;
    • Assess and coordinate foreign aid programs;
    • Undertake courses for Provincial Planning Staff;
    • Further develop the work of the National Planning Consultative Committee; and
    • Participate in the servicing of the National Development Council.

    MINISTRY OF CULTURE, TOURISM AND AVIATION. back to top 

    1. BACKGROUND

    As the biggest growing international industry, tourism can provide a major and expanding source of foreign exchange earnings for Solomon Islands. In the short-term to the medium term, the tourism sector appears to be best placed in terms of economic base diversification, contributing to the economic growth and employment generation. By nature the tourism industry is susceptible to conflict situations. This was exactly what happened to the industry in Solomon Islands at the height of the ethnic tension. Nonetheless, relative to other industries, it is also equally relevant that the industry is best placed to quickly bounce back and recover in the shortest time possible. The Ministry has been established to emphasize the Government determination to tap this industry in its commitment to revitalize the economy.

    2. FUNCTION OF THE MINISTRY.

    (i) The Portfolio subjects formally assigned to the Ministry are:
    • Tourism Development
    • Cultural Affairs
    • Aviation
    • Meteorology
    • National Museum
    • National Art Gallery and Cultural Center
    • Relics, Monuments & Memorials
    (ii) The Ministry is responsible for and answerable to the following Statutory Authorities:
    • Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau
    • Air Transport Licensing Authority (ATLA)
    • Civil Aviation Authority (proposed)

    3. POLICY OBJECTIVES.

    The objectives of the Ministry in its sectors are:

    (i) In the Tourism sector:
    • Ensure that tourism development is in harmony with national development policies and development;
    • Increase tourist arrivals through continued hotel development, improved runway and NAVAIDS;
    • Build an international airport in the Western Province or elsewhere in the Solomon Islands;
    • Increase the level of tourism awareness among local people and visitors to Solomon Islands;
    • Ensure that adverse effects on local customs and cultures are avoided and the national cultures are enhanced; and
    • Promote and develop eco-tourism and natural sites.
    (ii) In the area of Culture the objectives are:
    • Promote cultural programs in urban and rural areas;
    • Establish an appropriate National Cultural Policy and Legislation; and 
    • Research into the establishment of National Council of Chiefs.
    (iii) In aviation the objectives are:
    • Continue to improve air services to the rural areas; 
    • Continue to provide and improve navigational facilities to local and international air services; and
    • Establish additional weather station, widening the scope-observation of existing stations and improving the network of meteorology and rainfall observation.

    4. DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES

    In pursuing its objectives the Ministry will be guided by these strategies:
    • Recruit under Technical Assistance an
    • Recruit under TA an advisor to assist the Visitors Bureau;
    • Reduce Solomon Airlines international airfares through subsidy for a trial period of one month;
    • Ensure that domestic operators maintain a high level of safety;
    • Commission a delegation to seek dialogue with governments of countries that still placed high travel advisories to their citizens intending to travel to Solomon Islands as tourists;
    • Government should utilize its taxation policy to entice investors to invest in the tourism sector;
    • Local financial institutions will be encouraged to channel more financial resources to hotels and tourism related activities;
    • Improve the internal transport and communication system;
    • Adopt an 'open sky' policy and investigate the possibility of the introduction of competitive airlines to improve air services in terms of efficiency and costs;
    • Up-date and improve air services and air navigational facilities in order to cope with changing technology;
    • Review the Civil Aviation Act with a view to establishing a Civil Aviation Authority;
    • Ensure that domestic operators maintain a high level of safety;
    • Further development of electronic meteorological data processing in Honiara;
    • Widening the scope of information services for specific needs of weather sensitive and industries in particular agriculture, transport, water resources and energy;
    • Construction of Headquarters and Institutional residences; and
    • Promote Cultural program in urban and rural areas.

    5. PROGRAM TARGETS: 2002 -2005.

    The Ministry will undertake these program targets:
    • Recruit TA to head the Tourism Division;
    • Recruit TA as advisor to SIVB;
    • Reduce Solomon Airline international airfares for a trial period of one month;
    • Commission a delegation to work on travel advisories imposed by overseas countries on their citizens travel to Solomon Islands;
    • Review Solomon Islands Airline with the view to privatising the company;
    • Improvement of existing airfields and constructing a number of new ones;
    • Completion of Henderson Runway and upgrading of NAVAIDS;
    • Establishment of Civil Aviation Authority;
    • Construction of International Airport in the Western Province;
    • Promotion of existing and new eco-Tourism sites;
    • Identify and develop a niche market for Tourists;
    • Meteorology services improvements and construction of its Headquarters;
    • Upgrading of National Museum, National Art Gallery and Cultural Center;
    • Establish appropriate National Cultural Policy and Legislation; 
    • Establish the Leili Island Tourism Site Development and Marketing;
    • Build an International airport in Malaita Province;
    • Build an International airport in Temotu Province. 

    MINISTRY OF PROVINCIAL GOVERMENT & RURAL DEVELOPMENT. back to top 

    1. BACKGROUND

    The Ministry is charged with the important responsibility of developing a Provincial Government system that provides for the devolution of powers and decentralization of functions to empower the majority of people in the provinces who are the custodians of natural resources to participate in the decision-making concerning matters which affect their lives. The other responsibility of the Ministry is to oversee the planning and coordination of orderly rural development.

    2. FUNCTIONS OF THE MINISTRY

    (i) The Portfolio subjects assigned to the Ministry are:
    • Provincial Government Development;
    • Rural Development;
    • Provincial Elections;
    • Provincial Development Units; and
    • Provincial Budgets and Funding systems.

    3. POLICY OBJECTIVES

    The policy objectives of the Ministry are to:
    • Develop a Provincial Government system consistent with the State Government Task Force Report 2001;
    • Allocate and transfer certain percentages of state revenue to Provincial Governments;
    • Ensure that Provincial Governments are fully accountable for functions devolved to them;
    • Ensure that Provincial Governments are fully accountable for the finances allocated for their services; and
    • Ensure the orderly development of rural areas;

    4. DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES

    The Ministry will be guided by these strategies:
    • Continue to work on developing a Provincial Government that is in line with the State Government Task Force Report 2001;
    • Ensuring the availability of financial and manpower resources for the establishment of Provincial Governments;
    • Put in place measures which would ensure that the provinces derive benefits from their resources; and
    • Direct more emphasis on infrastructure development in provinces such as roads, wharves and bridges.

    5. PROGRAM TARGETS: 2002 - 2005

    These program targets will be undertaken:
    • Continue work on developing a PGA system consistent with the State Government Task Force 2001;
    • Table a special Provincial government Bill in Parliament to defer holding of elections for dissolved Provincial Assemblies;
    • Introduce better funding systems for province;
    • Convene premiers conferences;
    • Arrange tour by Minister to all Provinces;
    • Actively participate in rehabilitation and the peace; process;
    • Work out and apply sharing of certain percentages of revenue for provinces; and
    • Repeal the PGA 1997 at an appropriate time.

    MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT, WORKS & COMMUNICATIONS. back to top 

    1. BACKGROUND

    Transport and Communications do play an important role in the overall development of the Solomon Islands economy. While reasonable development had been undertaken, in terms of infrastructure facilities, the continuing development and improvement of transportation to and communication with remote isolated islands, communities and areas with development potential will be given priority. Real efforts will be taken to ensure that the transport and communications systems do function in a cost-effective, efficient and integrated manner within a framework of a thoroughly considered and determined program. Priority will also be given to maintain and rebuild infrastructure facilities that have been destroyed during the ethnic conflict on Guadalcanal.

    2. FUNCTIONS OF THE MINISTRY

    (i) The Portfolio subjects formally assigned to the Ministry are:
    • Infrastructure Development - Roads, Bridges and Wharves.
    • Shipping and maritime;
    • Communications;
    • Postal Services Policies;
    • Spectrum;
    • Television; and
    • Land Transport.
    (ii) The Ministry is responsible and answerable for this Statutory Authority:
    • Postal Corporation.

    3. POLICY OBJECTIVES

    (i) The overall objectives of the Ministry are to:
    • Maintain and rebuild infrastructures destroyed during the ethnic conflict;
    • Initiate public works as part and parcel of rehabilitating ex-combatants;
    • Develop and provide an efficient network of transport services to all part of the country;
    • Coordinate development so as to ensure a coherent and integrated approach;
    • Continue research and the development of a more cost-effective means of transport;
    • The Ministry's specific objectives in the main modes of transportation are:

    3.1 Land Transport

    The objectives in this sub-sector are:
    • Maintain and rebuild infrastructures destroyed during the ethnic conflict;
    • Construct the Malaita South Road;
    • Put in place a development program for Guadalcanal Province which includes the following;
      • Aola-Marau road;
      • Marau-Kuma road;
      • Guadalcanal Trans-insular road; 
      • Lambi-Tangarare road;
      • Wharves at Marau, Tetere, Variana, and Aola.
    • Provide road access to isolated and rural areas of social and economic development; 
    • Improve and upgrade the major roads and bridges and adequately maintain them;
    • Provide roads and bridges to support the diversification of production in primary industries;
    • Bring about effective control and regulation of public transport system and ensure regular services at minimum costs while at the same time maintain safety and good quality of services.

    3.2 Marine Transport

    The objectives of this sub-sector are to:
    • Rationalize inter-island shipping services and improve the quality of sea-borne transportation system; 
    • Develop and assist an efficient and cost-effective inter-island shipping service;
    • Provide necessary marine transport facilities so as to provide logistics support for the primary production industries; 
    • Privatize the operation of the semi-government shipyard; and
    • Introduce shipping services subsidize to operators serving uneconomical routes.
     

    3.3 COMMUNICATIONS

    The objectives in this sub-sector are to; 
    • Expand the postal services system as a network to contribute to overall national development;
    • Extend and coordinate the telecommunications industry to improve its role in national development and unity;
    • Provide a greater penetration of services especially to its rural areas and outer islands; and
    • Introduce TV station.

    4. DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES

    The ministry will be guided by these strategies:

    4.1 LAND TRANSPORT
    • Maintain and rebuild infrastructure destroyed during the ethnic conflict;
    • Formulate a strategic Land Transport policy which should take into account the importance of a cost-effective transportation linkages system throughout the country;
    • Designing and implementation of a progressive Land Transportation plan for a ten year period and;
    • Ensuring official emphasis of professional, technical and dedicated workforce in the ministry while allowing for the participation of capable private sector companies in carrying out approved programs and projects.

    4.2 MARINE TRANSPORT:

    • The nationalization of inter-island shipping services and the improvement of the quality of the sea-borne transportation system; 
    • The development of an efficient and cost-effective inter-island shipping service; 
    • The provision of necessary marine transport facilities so as to provide logistical support for primary production industries;
    • Privatize Sasape Marina Shipyard; and
    • Subsidized uneconomic routes.

    4.3 COMMUNICATIONS:

    • The progressive expansion of the postal services system as a network for overall national development;
    • The extension and coordination of the telecommunications network to improve its role in national development and unity;
    • Provide a greater penetration of services and rural areas and outer islands;
    • Activating the improvement of services in all areas of communications; and
    • Establish a TV broadcasting station.
     

    5. PROGRAM TARGETS: 2002 - 2005

    The Ministry will pursue these program targets:

    5.1 LAND TRANSPORT:
    • Maintain or rebuild infrastructure destroyed during the ethnic conflict;
    • Construct the Malaita-South road; 
    • Put in place a development program for Guadalcanal which include the following:
        1. Aola-Marau road; 
          Marau-Kuma road; 
          Guadalcanal Trans-insular road;
          Lambi-Tangarare road; and
          Wharves at Marau, Tetere, Variana and Aola.
    • Construct new roads and maintain existing ones; 
    • Upgrade urban roads; 
    • Construct new bridges and upgrade existing ones in both rural areas and urban centers;
    • Continue and complete the Munda-Noro road;
    • Reactivate the Road Authority; and
    • Introduce user-pay [road levies] on main roads in Honiara.

    5.2 MARINE TRANSPORT:

    • Establish an appropriate route licensing system to ensure that operators provide adequate services to all part of the country;
    • Review the existing freight rates and subsidy to establish an appropriate tariff structure;
    • Establish an appropriate ship financing scheme to encourage private sector operators to replace obsolete vessels; 
    • Privatize Sasape Marina Shipyard;
    • Assist boat-building groups in Langga-Langga Lagoon, Malaita Province and other groups in other provinces to continue ship-building projects; and 
    • Maintain and improve rural maritime facilities.

    5.3 COMMUNICATIONS:

    • Continue the expansion of the postal services system and a network for overall national development;
    • Continue the extension and coordination of the telecommunications network to improve its role in national development; 
    • Provide a greater penetration of services especially in rural areas and outer islands;
    • Increase the automatic exchange capacity and opening of new automatic exchanges in Honiara and provincial centers; 
    • Relocate relay transmitters for Auki and Malaita Province;
    • Further enhance the performance and output of the philatelic bureau;
    • Develop new services such as the courier and electronic mail services;
    • Establish a postal banking services; 
    • Review DOMSAT Network with a view for expansion to embrace government sub-centers; 
    • Review the existing joint venture arrangement;
    • Establish a TV Broadcasting Station;
    • Install legislation to deregulate and discourage monopoly by independent service providers thus allowing for greater and diverse participation in the telecommunications industry; and
    • Revise the now obsolete 1971 Telecommunications Act. 

    MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND MEDICAL SERVICES. back to top 

    1. BACKGROUND

    Health is a right that needs to be protected for every citizen of the country. The Government adheres to the concept that "a healthy people make a healthy nation". The Government places priority on the provision of basic health and medical services to its people throughout the country.

    2. FUNCTIONS OF THE MINISTRY

    (i) The Portfolio subjects formally assigned to the Ministry are:
    • Health Services;
    • Medical Services;
    • Nursing Services;
    • Hospital and Clinics;
    • Public Health;
    • Health Education;
    • Traditional Medicine;
    • Rural water supply and sanitation;
    • Social welfare;
    • Physiotherapy;
    • Central Pharmacy; and
    • Population control
    (ii) The Ministry is responsible and answerable for these statutory authorities:
    • Hospitals Board;
    • Medical Board;
    • Pharmacy Practitioners Board; and
    • Nursing Council.

    3. POLICY OBJECTIVES

    The objectives of the Ministry are:
    • Work towards the general acceptance of the primary Health Care Program to achieve the global aim of "Health for all by the year 2005";
    • Strengthen preventive health services through the primary Health Care Program;
    • Improve and strengthen hospitals, Area Health Centers and Clinic Services;
    • Increase the training of medical and health personnel;
    • Introduce a health policy emphasizing the need to improve health care in collaboration with churches, NGOs and other organizations;
    • Ensure the attainment of a population growth rate at a level which is conducive to better, health standard of living;
    • Ensure that there is a place for traditional medicine practitioners in the health and medical system;
    • Ensure all communities have access to good clean water and proper sanitation; and
    • Provide assistance to charitable organizations such as the Red Cross and the Disabled Association.

    4. DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES

    The Ministry will be guided by the following strategies:
    • Amend relevant legislations to update and provide efficient health and medical service;
    • Improve the terms and conditions of health and medical workers; and
    • Improve and strengthen hospital and clinic services.

    5. PROGRAM TARGETS: 2002 - 2005

    These program targets will be undertaken by the Ministry:
    • Family planning and population control;
    • Health manpower development;
    • Primary health care;
    • Urban and rural health and medical services;
    • National bulk purchasing and distribution of drugs;
    • Dental Services;
    • Rehabilitate clinics destroyed during ethnic tension;
    • Build clinics to meet pressure of people returning to Malaita as a result of the ethnic tension;
    • Convene National Health Seminar;
    • Carry out further research into tropical medicine;
    • Amend relevant health legislation;
    • Control of Malaria and other vector borne diseases;
    • Increase intakes for:
      • Nurse Training;
      • Para-medical Training;
      • Doctors Training; and
      • Dentists Training.
      • Encourage more training in specialized fields;
      • Work on the third phase of the Central Hospital;
      • Increase financial allocations of Health Services grants to both private hospitals and clinics;
      • Research into herbal medicines;
      • Promote education awareness on environmental health and Aids and include these in school curriculum;
      • Upgrading of Provincial Hospitals including Church hospitals;
      • Encourage community participation in Health Services;
      • Enact legislation to regulate Private medical services; and

    MINISTRY OF POLICE, NATIONAL SECURITY & JUSTICE. back to top 

    1. BACKGROUND

    The 20th Century closed with occurrence of the worst social and political unrest the people of Solomon Islands have ever experienced. The nation and its people emerged into the 21st Century with total anxiety and uncertainty about the future surrounded by the near collapsed of Law and order and a National Economy meltdown. Hence, the restoration of Law and Order is crucial to the Government's commitment to return the country to full normalcy. In the immediate and short-term projection, Law and Order, Internal Security, provision of Justice and the Revitalization of the Economy will form the most important national priorities.

    2. FUNCTIONS OF THE MINISTRY

    (i) The Portfolio subjects formally assigned to the Ministry are:
    • Law & Order;
    • Police Training;
    • Law enforcement and security;
    • Fire Service;
    • Vehicle Licensing and Registration;
    • Traffic;
    • Solomon Islands National Reconnaissance & Surveillance Force;
    • Law Reform;
    • Public Solicitor;
    • Director of Public Prosecution;
    • Attorney General;
    • Firearms Control & Licensing; and
    • Prison Service. 

    3. POLICY OBJECTIVES

    The objectives of the Ministry are to:
    • Restore Law and Order and ensure it is maintained and enforced;
    • Enforce and maintain internal security;
    • Execute court decisions;
    • Continue Police and Prison Housing;
    • Application of Justice to all citizens;
    • Continue Law reforms;
    • Coordinate legal matters and proper administration of courts;
    • Review and establish improved framework for house of chiefs and Local Courts;
    • Ensure Prison conditions meet internationally accepted standards;
    • Develop an efficient and effective Fire Service;
    • Protect the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Solomon Islands in time of emergency; and
    • Engage the Police Force in Civil Works and assist in times of Natural Disasters.

    4. DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES

    In pursuing its objectives the Ministry will be guided by these strategies:
    • Actively involved in the Peace Process;
    • Implement the Amnesty Acts;
    • Continue the restructuring of the Police Force and Prison Service;
    • Strengthen the Police through recruitment and provision of adequate logistics;
    • More training for Police Paramilitary and Prison Service personnel;
    • Build and improve Police and Prison Service housing;
    • Reduce the number of special constables to a level required by the Police Force;
    • Introduce or amend relevant legislation to provide for required changes which could ensure effective administration of justice, law and the courts; and
    • Enforce discipline in the Police Force and Prison Service.

    5. PROGRAM TARGETS 2002 - 2005

    The Ministry will undertake these program targets:
    • Restore Law and Order and ensure it is maintained by the Police Force;
    • Actively involved in the Peace Process;
    • Implement the Amnesty Acts;
    • Enforce the return of illegal arms and stolen property;
    • Reconstruct the Marau Police Station;
    • Seek funding to complete the Central Prison at Rove;
    • Continue to restructure the Police Force and Prison Service;
    • Establish separate prison for young offenders;
    • Amend the Police Act;
    • Support the training of Lawyers and Magistrates and identify candidates to undergo legal training;
    • Amend the Ombudsman (further provisions) Act;
    • Implement the Customs Recognition Act;
    • Reduce the number of special constables to a level required by the Police Force;
    • Continue with the housing program for the Police Force and Prison Service;
    • Implementation of village courts/local courts;
    • Encourage more specialized training for lawyers and magistrates;
    • Enforce discipline in the Police Force and Prison Service; and
    • Introduce legislation to strengthen the Special Branch (SB). 

    MINISTRY OF MINES, ENERGY & WATER RESOURCES. back to top 

    1. BACKGROUND 

    The Ministry is a priority productive sector in the Government's drive for revitalization of the economy following the ethnic conflict. All efforts will be made in consultation with stakeholders to reopen the Gold Ridge Mining Project. Further, most of the mineral and potential energy resources are located on customary land. Hence, policies and legislations have to be in place to ensure active participation of landowners. In so doing, they too can meaningfully benefit from the development of these resources.

    2. FUNCTIONS OF THE MINISTRY

    (i) The Portfolio subjects formally assigned to the Ministry are:
    • Mining;
    • Minerals;
    • Energy;
    • Geology;
    • Water Resources;
    • Licensing; and
    • Hydrology
    (ii) The Ministry is responsible and answerable for these Statutory Authorities:
    • Solomon Islands Electricity Authority (SIEA);
    • Mines and Minerals Board; and
    • Solomon Islands Water Authority (SIWA).

    3. POLICY OBJECTIVES

    (i) The objectives for the development of the Mining sector are as follow:
    • Develop a comprehensive mining industry for social and economic development by providing employment and diversifying the country's exports earnings. Internationally recognized environmental safeguards will have to be met before the opening of mines;
    • Ensure development of mineral and hydro-carbon resources are done in such a way that the interest of landowners are fully catered for;
    • Re-open Gold Ridge Mine and open another Gold Mine; and
    • Open the Bugotu Nickel Mine.

    (ii) The objectives for the development of the Energy sector are as follow: 

    • Develop potential energy resources to meet the increasing industrial needs of the country;
    • Ensure that people have access to an integrated cost-effective and affordable power supply; and
    • Review SIEA to immediately redress the chronic power failures currently being experienced.

    4. DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES

    The Ministry will be guided by these strategies in the pursuit of its objectives: 
    • Identifying of potential mines and hydro carbon sites;
    • Continue close consultation with stakeholders with a view to open the Gold Ridge Mine;
    • Review and where necessary amend the Mines and Minerals Act;
    • Continue to re-assess current licences on mineral prospecting that are attractive to potential mining companies. Once economical deposits of mineral are confirmed a maximum period of three years will be given to license holders and if mining operations do not start within this period the licence would to be deemed to have automatically expired;
    • Negotiation with the Landowners who would pave the way for the establishment of mines;
    • Continue identifying potential sources to be developed to meet the increasing energy needs of the country's industries;
    • Re-assess and find potential funding for the Development of alternative energy;
    • Strengthen the Energy Division to continue to identify Potential sources to be developed for alternative energy in rural areas;
    • Review the SIEA with a view to transfer ownership on either BOT or BOOT basis; and
    • Establish water systems and other infrastructures in Identified areas for integrated projects.

    5. PROGRAM TARGETS: 2002 - 2005

    These program targets will be pursued:
    • Issue prospecting licence to companies interested in mining minerals and oil in the country;
    • Re-open the Gold Ridge Mining Project;
    • Open another Gold Mine;
    • Open Bogotá Nickel Mine;
    • Privatize SIEA on either BOT or BOOT basis;
    • Establish a fuel farm;
    • Find interested developer to fund and build the Lungga Hydro Scheme;
    • Continue the program of surveying and evaluating mini-hydro and solar projects in certain suitable locations throughout the country especially government substation and rural areas; and
    • Open a number of mini-hydro and solar energy projects in the rural areas.

    MINISTRY OF EDUCATION AND TRAINING. back to top

    1. BACKGROUND

    This Ministry is concerned with education as a right. As much as possible, all children should have access to schools. It is envisaged that the Ministry will be strengthened to provide central direction to and coordination of policies to produce an enlightened society as well as an educated manpower readily available for the country's development requirements and advancement into the 21st century.

    2. FUNCTIONS OF THE MINISTRY

    (i) The Portfolio subjects assigned to the Ministry are:
    • Education;
    • Pre-School Training;
    • Scholarships;
    • Curriculum Development;
    • Teaching Service;
    • Library Service;
    • Research Control;
    • Schools and Educational Institutions;
    • Selection and Guidance; and
    • Informal Education.

    (ii) The Ministry is responsible and answerable for this statutory authority:

    • Solomon Islands College of Higher Education/University of Solomon Islands (the latter is proposed).

    3. POLICY OBJECTIVES

    The objectives of the Ministry are to:
    • Ensure that Education is a right to be enjoyed by all;
    • Shift emphasis from the philosophy of "Education for What" to the philosophy of "Education for Living";
    • Give equal opportunity to both males and females in schools and institutions of learning;
    • Increase the percentage of secondary schools intakes;
    • Formally adopt as policy the establishment of Vocational/Rural Training Centers;
    • Put in place more literacy and community education opportunities;
    • Increase more environmental, health, culture and tradition awareness in schools;
    • Convert SICHE into a University; and
    • Encourage certain private organizations to establish their own primary and secondary schools.

    4. DEVELOPMENT STATEGIES

    The Ministry will be guided by these strategies:
    • Review the Education system with a view to:
      • Students not to sit elimination examinations until they reach Form 5;
      • Five years of attending secondary without school fees being paid; and
    • Amend relevant sections of the 1978 Education Act to cater for changes which could assist in achieving the education policy objectives.

    5. PROGRAM TARGETS 2002 - 2005

    The Ministry will undertake these program targets:
    • Review the education system with a view towards abolishing school fees until students reach Form 6, as well as removing elimination exams until Form 5;
    • As a matter of policy, establish more Vocation/Rural Training Centers;
    • Continue establishing more community high schools;
    • Continue the allocation of grants to Secondary Schools;
    • Continue to Introduce Forms 4 and 5 in some community high schools;
    • Increase teacher training opportunities for both primary and secondary schools; 
    • Renovate and expand the National Library;
    • Establish some senior secondary schools only, i.e., Forms 4 - 6;
    • Rehabilitate schools destroyed as a result of the ethnic tension;
    • Consider establishing separate classes/schools for boys and girls;
    • Introduce in Parliament the amendment to the 1978 Education Act;
    • Institute Flag raising in schools;
    • Divert World Bank assistance to the strengthening and improvement of community high schools;
    • SICHE to become University of Solomon Islands;
    • Establish the National Education Commission;
    • Place more local input and flavor into the curriculum contents;
    • Recommence school broadcasts;
    • Encourage individuals or groups of interested persons to establish institutes or opportunities of high learning;
    • Phase out KGVI National Secondary School to become an exclusively Form 7 institution;
    • Review the terms of conditions of employment of teachers;
    • Develop sports and physical education in schools;
    • Establish a scholarship schemes to which the private sector has direct access and give support to;
    • Convert the National Training Unit (NTU) to a National Scholarship Selection Board (SSB) whose membership should be drawn from a wider community representation;
    • Investigate the feasibility of establishing a Tertiary Students Scholarship Scheme; and
    • Encourage the establishment of more pre-schools throughout the country.

    MINISTRY OF YOUTH, SPORTS AND WOMEN. back to top

    1. BACKGROUND

    Women and Youth play very important roles in the overall development of the country. In recognition of the importance of these roles and to enhance their full participation in nation building, a new Ministry is being established to coordinate policy and priorities in relation to their involvement.

    2. FUNCTIONS OF THE MINISTRY

    • The Portfolio subjects assigned to the ministry are:
    • Women in Development;
    • Youth Development;
    • Sports Development;
    • Development of Fine Arts; and
    • Parks.
    (ii) The Ministry is responsible and answerable for these statutory Authorities:
    • National Council of Women;
    • National Youth Congress; and
    • National Sports Council;

    3. POLICY OBJECTIVES:

    The Objectives of the Ministry are:
    • Encourage women to be equal partners in the political, economic social and cultural development of the country;
    • Ensure that women and youth receive appropriate training and to acquire skills that enable them to play their roles fully in nation building;
    • Engage youth in cultural, self employment schemes and civil programs and activities so that they become law abiding citizens of the country;
    • Develop Solomon Islands into a sporting nation; and
    • Develop Solomon Islands into a nation of Fine Arts.

    4. DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES:

    The Ministry shall be guided by these strategies:
    • Give special attention to and assist women and youth engaged in business and economic activities;
    • Create opportunities for school push outs to engage in productive development and community work;
    • Establish youth voluntary scheme;
    • Set up a National Sports Institute;
    • Develop and improve sporting facilities starting in the capital;
    • Strengthen and coordinate women activities in overall nation building;
    • Review the youth congress, the National Council of women and the National Sports Council;
    • Upgrade the music unit at SICHE to embrace other Fine Arts; and
    • Set aside scenic areas for parks and World Heritage sites.

    5. PROGRAM TARGETS: 2002 - 2005

    The Ministry will undertake these program targets:
    • Establish a credit facility for women;
    • In collaboration with Churches and other NGOs continue youth and Women Training Programs;
    • Strengthen the National Youth Congress, the National Council of women and the National Sports Council;
    • Established provincial women Councils;
    • Build the National Sports Stadium;
    • Establish the National Sports Institute;
    • Provide overseas scholarships for deserving sportsmen and sportswomen;
    • Introduce legislation for parks and youth voluntary schemes;
    • Assist youth self-employment by establishment of a credit facility to kick start income generating projects; 
    • Upgrade the Music Unit at SICHE to include other Fine Arts;
    • Introduce legislation to safeguard the "Rights of the Child," and
    • Actively involve Women and Youth in the Peace process.

    MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE & LIVESTOCK. back to top

    1. BACKGROUND

    The backbone of the country's economy is agriculturally based where 85% of the population, living in subsistence affluence, depend on agriculture for their livelihood as well derive their main source of income. Being a relatively well-endowed country with so far ample agricultural land, it is surprising that after more than 20 years of independence, the country continue to depend on certain overseas food which can be grown and raised in Solomon Islands. The country's agricultural exports production especially SIPL has been badly affected by the ethnic tension. Measures will be taken to revive this important sector. The Ministry has been mandated to revive and correct dislocations in priority productive sectors of the economy.

    2. FUNCTIONS OF THE MINISTRY

    (i) The Portfolio subjects assigned to the Ministry are:
    • Agriculture;
    • Quarantine;
    • Livestock and Horticulture;
    • Research;
    • Extension Services; and
    • Form Development and Management.
    (ii) The Ministry is responsible for this Statutory Authority:
    • Livestock Development Authority.

    3. POLICY OBJECTIVES

    The objectives of the Ministry are:
    • Increase output and productivity in food gardening;
    • Increase copra and coconut oil export;
    • Increase cocoa and oil palm export;
    • Increase spices development and export;
    • Increase domestic coffee production;
    • Continue beef development and increase domestic production for domestic market;
    • Increase pig, chicken, meat and egg production;
    • Research into and introduce pawpaw as an export commodity;
    • Improve production and marketing of honey products;
    • Improve the capacity for successful marketing of agriculture produce; and
    • Strengthen institutional arrangements for all areas of agriculture.

    4. DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES

    The Ministry will be guided by these strategies:
    • Priority will be placed on:
      • Rehabilitating agriculture projects affected by the ethnic conflict;
      • Rural areas facing population and development pressures;
      • Areas that would provide food crops for urban markets;
      • Emphasis will be on increased training, extension, capital assistance, research, and demonstration and input supply for food production.
    • Revitalize the Solomon Islands Plantation Limited;
    • Encourage Sylvania Plantations to (SI) Ltd. To increase land under palm oil production and encouragement of an Out grower Scheme;
    • Maximize production potential from existing coconut plantation including assisting small-holder farmers in production of high quality copra, replanting of senescent palms and control of pests diseases and marketing;
    • Assist farmers through a guarantee credit facility to increase cocoa plantings, provision of drier parts and training and processing, provision of quality seeds, pest and disease control;
    • Assist in the production of Nepalese Kaboke Chili for Domestic and exports markets as well as vanilla on suitable areas in the Provinces;
    • Assist groups, individuals and schools venturing into rice production which will include extension and advice, in source instances infrastructure developments, seed shortage and processing facilities;
    • Encourage Arabic and Robust Coffee plantings on Isabel and other highland areas for processing and marketing;
    • Establish of an elite breeding herd for improve progressive and than distributing this to selected ranches designated breeding farms around the country;
    • Assist farmers with breeding stock and facilitating the establishment of 250-300 sow units on a suitable central location by the private sector and provide assistance with downstream processing of pig products;
    • Encourage commercial poultry operations around urban centers particularly in Honiara, and establish a dual purpose flock to supply stock to farmers with a view to improving village progeny;
    • Distribute goats to farmers and promotion of leathering amongst small-holders farmers;
    • Improve the quality of honey in the country and strengthen the Honey Producers Cooperative, and encourage farmers to have more hives;
    • Priority would be in training and extension, research and management; and
    • Accelerate research into pawpaw latex and develop for exports.

    5. PROGRAM TARGETS: 2002-2005

    The Ministry shall pursue these program targets:
    • Identify landholding groups to open lands and develop the land for commercial tree crops and other farms of horticulture;
    • Identify individuals or family groups around the perimeter of Honiara, Auki and Gizo, who own tillable land to encourage and assist them to develop source farms to supply tourism programs as well as the public;
    • Identify landholding groups or individuals who are interested in cattle, chicken, meat, eggs, pig, coffee, goat and bee-keeping production or any other agricultural products to be assisted directly by the Government;
    • Assist farmers through guarantee credit facility to do more cocoa plantings and rehabilitate their cocoa plots affected by the effects of the ethnic tension;
    • Revitalize and develop the ex-Sol rice land on the Guadalcanal Plains in collaboration with the Guadalcanal Province and ROC;
    • Establish a pineapple juice processing plant in Malaita Province and other provinces;
    • Establish a central coffee processing plant on Isabel;
    • Improve the National Vegetable Demonstration farm;
    • Provide improved fruit trees and vegetable; 
    • Develop pawpaw latex for export;
    • Provide assistance to farming groups on Individuals to 
    • establish vegetable farms to Supply urban centers starting with Honiara;
    • Pursue oil palm 'out grower' schemes;
    • Promote community rice production;
    • Revitalize the cattle and livestock development program; and
    • Enlarge the bee-keeping project.

    MINISTRY OF FISHERIES & MARINE RESOURCES. back to top

    1. BACKGROUND

    The Ministry has been established to emphasize the Government's commitment and drive to aggressively developed this productive sector to meet both domestic consumption and overseas export. Hence it contributes significantly to the revitalization of the economy.

    2. FUNCTIONS OF THE MINISTRY

    These Portfolio subjects are assigned to the Ministry:
    • Fisheries and Marine Resources;
    • Aquaculture;
    • Research & Development; and
    • Licensing.

    3. POLICY OBJECTIVES

    The objectives of the Ministry are:
    • Coordinate all fisheries operations within the 200 miles economic zone of Solomon Islands to achieve better maximum benefit for the people of Solomon Islands;
    • Improve current fishing facilities to encourage Local fishermen to effectively preserve and Market their fish and other perishable marine Products; and
    • Ensure harvesting practices of Marine resources are properly coordinated and monitored to ensure that certain resources are not unnecessarily depleted.

    4. DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES

    In pursuit of its objectives the Ministry will be guided by these Strategies:
    • Encourage fisheries enterprises (full-time fishing on commercial basis) focusing on deep sea pelagic and net fishing;
    • Improve and upgrade storage facilities and ice-making machines in Honiara and various fisheries center;
    • Identify interested entrepreneurs and encourage them to develop more efficient aqua-culture projects;
    • Encourage prawn farming in the provinces;
    • Priority will be place on encouraging seaweed farming, giant clams and pearl farming; and
    • Improve transportation of fish to urban markets.

    5. PROGRAM TARGETS

    The Ministry will pursue these programs targets:
    • Establish giant clam shells, black lips, pearl and bech-de-mer farms in the Provinces and embark on the giant clam shell marine culture pilot project;
    • Establish prawn farms in the Provinces;
    • Privatize all rural fisheries centers;
    • Identify and encourage fish farming;
    • Provide training for local fishermen;
    • Provide financial assistance to local fishing groups to acquire fishing gears and facilities;
    • Commence pearl shell spot collection;
    • Commission a fish transportation vessel;
    • Increase the supply of fish for domestic and overseas markets;
    • Increase the output growth of marine and aqua-culture;
    • Increase the processing of raw tuna for export markets; and 
    • Encourage the establishment of base facilities for other companies.

 

 

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