COUNTRY NEEDS LONG-TERM DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIC PLAN: PM

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare talking to journalists at the workshop. Photo credit: SIBC.

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare talking to journalists at the workshop. Photo credit: SIBC.

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare says the country needs a long-term multi-decade development plan jointly designed and developed and owned by all stakeholders in Solomon Islands.

Speaking to participants of a Budget Reporting workshop in Honiara this morning, Mr Sogavare says having a long term development strategy will address the fundamental question of “what to do” and “who to do what”.

He says the short to medium term program of action of ruling government only address the question of how to do it, adding having a long term development plan is essential for the country.

“This short term medium term program of action of ruling governments only address the question of how to do it and proven ineffective and unsustainable. A long-term development plan is essential to provide relevance, continuity and consistency in the country’s program especially in relation to the policies and measures, and I am glad to say that the Opposition and the Government have seen eye-to-eye on this issue.”

The Prime Minister adds the change in government every four years or mid-term has seen very little in the country’s development progress.

“The change in government every four years and mid-term in a number of cases during the independent life of this country has seen very little consistency in development progress. This directly affects the desired outcome which take years to be realized. It could be said that the country has not moved forward because of development strategies are frustrated even before they are fully developed.”

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