The DCC Government is determined to pursue the recording and registration of tribal land- beginning the process this year.
Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare says this is a significant, long drawn out project.
The Prime Minister says it is critically important that his Government start implementing the project given its potential to unleash the economic development opportunities with accompanying benefits for rural and urban Solomon Islanders.
“We determine to pursue the recording and registration of tribal lands beginning from this year. This is a significant project, it is expected to be a long drawn out project but it is critically important that we now make a beginning in the implementation of this project given its potential to unleash the economic development potential of our country, with accompanying benefits to our people at the rural areas and to our urban centers.”
The Prime Minister adds, while the project is set to kick-start this year, it is important that the approach is not to force landowners to formally register their tribal lands.
“While the Government is desirous to hasten the recording and registration of tribal lands at national economic areas around the country, other tribal landowners may own their own, request for their tribal land to be registered. The right of landowners to their tribal lands will always be respected and guaranteed. However, we are confident that soon many landowners will find it beneficial to avail some of their tribal lands for economic development thereby opening up a stream of income for them and their tribal members.”