Watchdog: Solomons’ Policy Unit "Cumbersome", February 2, 2015

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Watchdog: Solomons’ Policy Unit "Cumbersome" Concern that it could add to expense and bureaucracy

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, January 31, 2015) – Transparency Solomon Islands says the Government's move to establish a policy monitoring unit will be cumbersome and ineffective.

The Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare says the unit will be made up of 39 political appointees and will monitor the implementation of government policy.

However, a board member for Transparency Solomon Islands, Tony Hughes, says the unit is expensive and could hold things up.

"They may make a difference or they may not, they're certainly going to cost a lot of money and they're going to in a sense get in the way of getting decisions made. It's another layer, another small army of people who are going to be involved in processing policy decisions and implementation and so on. So that's got to be pretty well run, it's got to be a pretty slick organisation and Solomon Islands doesn't have a great reputation for that sort of thing."

Tony Hughes says the money should instead be invested in public sector reform.

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