SOLOMONS MINISTER ATTENDS COMMONWEALTH MEETING

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Rini among three Pacific Island representatives

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, April 29, 2008) - Minister of Finance and Treasury Snyder Rini last week attended the Commonwealth Parliamentary

Mr. Rini is an executive member of the CPA Executive Committee, a member of the finance subcommittee. He is one of the three elected representatives from the Pacific region.

The meeting was held from April 21 to 26 at Hotel de France, St Helier on the Island of Jersey.

[PIR editor’s note: Jersey is among the Channel Islands, a French dependency off the coast of Normandy.]

A statement from the National Parliament said the meeting was attended by elected representatives and observers from all over the Commonwealth.

These include representatives from Africa, Asia, Australia, British Islands and Mediterranean, Canada, Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic, India, Pacific and South East-East Asia.

The week long meeting deliberated on a number of issues regarding the work of CPA and very importantly the CPA 2008 annual budget.

The committee also deliberated on different subcommittee reports presented to the committee and have adopted recommendations made in these reports.

These recommendations will be further discussed at the 54th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Malaysia in August this year.

Solomon Islands CPA Branch was featured in the Report of the Planning and Review Subcommittee.

This was under the Technical Assistance Programme for the Solomon Islands.

The assistance was in a form of a three-year Technical Assistance Programme with the Solomon Islands Branch, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI).

The committee heard these programs were very successful in assisting the Parliament of Solomon Islands.

Rini said he is very encouraged with the deliberations of the meeting and especially with the continuous positive support by the association to its branches and to the Solomon Islands CPA Branch.

Meanwhile, Rini will continue on to attend the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Annual Meeting in Madrid before returning on May 11.

Rini is accompanied by his wife and Celsus Talifilu of the National Parliament.

Rini and his wife will meet the Solomon Islands delegation to the ADB Annual meeting on Madrid on April 7 whilst Mr. Talifilu will do a two weeks attachment with the British Parliament before coming back in the middle of next month.

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