Government urged to implement Pacific Games Act

Team Leader of the National Task Force responsible for Pacific Games 2023 preparations, Gabriel Suri.
Photo: Island Sun

Government has been urged to enact the Pacific Games 2023 Act 2017 to meet the country’s obligations with the Pacific Games Council.

Team Leader of the National Task Force responsible for Pacific Games 2023 preparations, Gabriel Suri said in an SIBC interview.

Mr Suri said the task force had submitted to the Government Caucus a report containing recommendations that needs action to ensure Solomon Islands honour its contract with the Pacific Games Council.

He said one of the recommendations is for the Government to enact the Pacific Games 2023 Act 2017.

“We have recommended to the Government that it must commence the Act on 26 October and publish the regulations on 2nd November so that we can all meet our obligations under the contract we have signed the Pacific Games Council otherwise we miss out so it’s been a hard work for a period of time.

Closing of the 2015 Pacific Games in PNG.
Photo: ABC

“We’ve been doing external consultations and internal consultations and we did a lot of write up. The report we submitted to the Government, I believe it should serve as a useful tool for the Government to look at and see how it should implement it”.

He added, further delays by the Government will affect the country’s contract with the Pacific Games Council.

“Any further delays will create a problem for us with the Pacific Games Council because we have signed a contract with them which will delay our implementation as we are already some months or a year late.

“So it’s important that the recommendations submitted to the Government be quickly looked at and if they have comments or responses then they must come back quickly so that we look at the report again and look at the recommendations and look at any responses from the Government”.

By: Rickson Bau

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