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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Feb. 16) - The Solomon Islands government has requested police to strengthen their operations in three key industrial sites on Guadalcanal and Malaita Provinces.

Prime Minister Allan Kemakeza says the request is for the police to put more officers at Tetere Police Station on the Guadalcanal Plains to protect a planned investment in a defunct oil palm project. He said the Government wants the re-development of the former Solomon Islands Plantations Limited to kick off as soon as possible.

Papua New Guinea’s New Britain Oil Palm Limited has been given the green light to invest on re-developing the oil palm plantations.

Sir Allan said the Government also has requested that police officers guard the shattered Gold Ridge Project on Central Guadalcanal while negotiations continue with foreign companies that have expressed interest in re-opening the gold mines.

And in Malaita Province, he says, the Government has requested the Atori Police Station in East Malaita to be strengthened while negotiations between landowners and the Government continue for the potential industrial site at Aluta Basin to be developed.

Prime Minister Kemakeza told the recent Permanent Secretaries’ Seminar in Honiara that the Government sees the re-development of the Guadalcanal Plains Oil Plantations and the Gold Ridge and the development of Aluta Basin as very crucial to its efforts for economic recovery.

February 16, 2005

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