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By Moffat Mamu

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Sept. 5) – More than 60 delegates, including provincial premiers, are expected to attend the annual Premiers’ Conference in Rennell and Bellona Province next week.

Natalina Hong Training/Information Dissemination Officer at the Ministry of Provincial Government told the Solomon Star yesterday that delegates from the provinces will include the premiers and their provincial secretaries.

"Other than that, we are having resource persons who will be making presentations and observers who will also participate," Ms Hong said.

Most of the delegates are now in Honiara. They will travel to Rennell at the weekend.

Ms Hong said that so far preparatory work at Lake Tengano, where the conference will be held, is on schedule ahead of its official opening on Tuesday.

Ms Hong said her group had been working hard in preparing for the conference for the past two months.

"We tried our best planning the whole conference and I would say transportation, other logistics, and accommodation has been finalised ahead of the conference next week," she said.

According to a schedule of the programmes, two chartered flights have been planned to transport most of the delegation to Tinggoa airstrip on Sunday.

From Tinggoa the delegation will travel by road for about three hours to Lake Tengano.

The delegation will have a rest day on Monday and the opening will be on Tuesday for four days until its closing on Friday.

Most of the delegates will return the following Sunday.

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare had been invited to officially open the conference.

"However, he is yet to confirm his availability," Ms Hong said yesterday.

Meanwhile, some delegates and resource person, including the Renbel Provincial Secretary Robert Pongi, have left yesterday for Rennell.

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