The European Union Ambassador to Solomon Islands, His Excellency Leonidas Tezapsidis has said it is obvious that Solomon Islands is not using its human resources optimally.
Delivering his remarks at the opening of the Women’s Leadership and Political Participation Conference in Honiara yesterday, Mr Tezasidis said the country is not maximising its human resources adding, the nation at large is losing heavily in the process.
“It is clear today that the country’s human resources are not used optimally. Women, 50 percent of the population do not play the political role that they should, the nation as a whole is losing heavily in the process. The Government is committed to the review of the Electoral Act and the Political Parties Integrity Act. The aim is to make the overall legislative framework more inclusive, fair and equitable.”
Referring to the Prime Minister’s remarks last week on political reforms especially in terms of women’s political participation, the EU Ambassador said EU is supporting the government in such reforms.
“The European Union supports the Government’s efforts to pursue such reforms. It provides financial support for legislative reviews under the ‘Strengthening the Electoral Cycle in the Solomon Islands Project’, implemented by the UNDP and in close partnership with Australia. Also through technical assistance to the Political Parties Integrity Commission and the Prime Minister’s Office.”