SIKUA VOWS TO IMPROVE SOLOMONS ROADS, WHARVES

By Moffat Mamu

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Feb. 13, 2008) – Solomon Islands Prime Minister Dr Derek Sikua says the Government will improve roads, wharves and other infrastructures in the country.

He said infrastructure development contributes to a vibrant economy.

"It enable trade, investment and service delivery," Sikua said.

He was speaking at the launch of the Governemnt’s translation and implementation framework in Honiara yesterday.

"Infrastructures are undeniably the life-line for all economic activities in any country. The importance of infrastructure development cannot be taken for granted. It is crucial and a necessary pre-requisite for economic development," Dr Sikua said.

He said good infrastructure creates and increases the opportunities for people to discover their economic potential and to be involved in economic activities.

But Dr Sikua said the country lack proper infrastructures.

"This is a challenge the government is prepared to address," he said. "Lack of good infrastructures has always been and will continue to be a challenge to our development endeavours given the scattered physical geography of our country. My government is firmly committed to addressing this challenge," Dr Sikua said.

In the framework policy, the government said it would pursue infrastructure development.

This include the construction of new airports and roads; refurbishment of existing roads, bridges, and wharves; and installation of communication facilities.

It will also introduce appropriate legislations to encourage competition in the telecommunication sector.

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