The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, John Wasi is calling on all its partners to seriously consider cultural development in Solomon Islands.
Forum Solomon Islands International reports, Mr. Wasi made the call last week as Solomon Islands prepare to send its cultural contingent to participate in the 5th Melanesian Festival of Arts and Culture in Papua New Guinea.
The success of hosting the 11th Festival of Pacific Arts in the country provided an opportunity for our leaders and stakeholders to realize the important contribution of culture towards socio-economic development.
He says the post-FOPA period has boosted a revival of cultural practices in most societies and everyone should build on that to develop, promote and preserve our cultures from loosing value and meaning.
Mr Wasi adds, our cultural diversity is our strength and it is crucial that we stand united to develop our nation through cultural tolerance and respect to every individual culture within the country.
Solomon Islands is sending a 168 contingent to the Melanesian Festival.
SIBC News is aware the first group of participants from Solomon Islands leaves for PNG on Tuesday.