Hon. Andrew Manepora'a, Minister for Lands, Housing and Survey and MP for East Are'are. Photo credit: GCU.

Hon. Andrew Manepora’a, Minister for Lands, Housing and Survey and MP for East Are’are. Photo credit: GCU.

The National Government is hosting a two-day national land reform summit in Honiara this week with the theme: ‘Building Successful Pathways for Land Reform in Solomon Island’.

A government statement today says the summit is the first of a number of land reform workshops and conferences to be initiated by the Democratic Coalition for Change (DCC) Government in pursuing its land reform policies.

The high-level summit is part of the Government’s intention to drive land reform and development in Solomon Islands so that ordinary landowners can better utilize their land economically.

The National Government has identified land reform as a key priority, thus the conference seeks to contribute to the policy debate on land reform by considering experiences from the development of customary land in Solomon Islands and the wider pacific region.

Supported by the Australian National University’s (ANU) State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Program, it will feature
presenters and experts from Australia, Papua New Guinea, Fiji and Vanuatu.

The summit starts tomorrow at the Forum Fisheries Agency’s (FFA) Conference Centre in Honiara.

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