Guadalcanal and Malaita provincial premiers, Hon. Francis Sade and Hon. Daniel Suidani, to the controversial Constituency Development Fund (CDF), and the U.S SCALE and the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) program currently happening in Malaita.
Premier Sade had told the Premier Suidani that he is pledging his full support behind the controversial CDF, and the also the U.S SCALE and MCC.
“I’m lending my full 100% support to you on the CDF. It’s about time” Premier Sade stated.
In addition, the Premiers stated that one of the root causes of the 1998 – 2002 civil tension is unbalanced developments. They therefore wanted to see the national government to focus its priority on more decentralization of the national projects across the country evenly.
This is due to the fact that government had cut back on the provincial grants this FY2021, instead of PCDF, is increased. They pointed out that a lot of the tangible projects in the province are from the PCDF, and therefore they would like to see that the CDF to be through similar mechanism.
In terms of the U.S SCALE program, Premier Sade had told the colleague Premier that the U.S Aid is one of the best catalyst to unite the country in terms of positive development.
“I pledge my full support to you my colleague in regard to the U.S SCALE and MCC program. Such major USAid is difficult and rare to come by, this is a fortunate time for us in the country to embrace it. Malaita Province needs real tangible developments just like Guadalcanal Province” Premier Sade said.
“These national projects really need to go down to the rural sectors, so our people can feel ownership” they discussed.
Already, the “USAID making its SCALE office in Auki strengthens Solomon Islanders to recognize that Honiara is not the only place for working together as a nation” they stated, “What is good for Malaita is good for Solomon Islands. When Malaita develops, Solomon Islands develops.”
At the same time the Premiers also urged more focus on Guadalcanal Province, and not just Honiara.
Similarly, the Premiers also recognized the similar problems on Guadalcanal Province.
“Guadalcanal Province has missed out on so many opportunities, even though Honiara absorbs so many resources. Developing Honiara is not the same as developing Guadalcanal. A new focus on the Province of Guadalcanal is important to change this” they emphasized.
The Premiers also discussed that both provincial governments will work together to address some of the national development issues in both provinces.
This is the first time for the two Premiers to formally meet and discuss the issues concerning their provinces.