MDPAC Permanent Secretary Jeremiah Manele. Photo credit: SIBC.

MDPAC Permanent Secretary Jeremiah Manele. Photo credit: SIBC.

The Solomon Islands Democratic Coalition believes, the country can graduate from a Least Developed Country to a middle-income developing country by 2050.

The coalition’s front man and Prime Minister candidate Jeremiah Manele told SIBC in an exclusive interview, the coalitions ‘2050 Vision’ will seriously address this long overdue issue.

Mr. Manele says, the country has not seriously plan ahead and work hard towards its succession to become a developing country.

“Now this 2050 vision tries to outline what we will do, how we will do it in order for us to get to that goal. We are one of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in the Pacific, I think there are five in the Pacific and it is important that we work through this 2050 vision so that hopefully by 2050 or even before that we can be able to graduate from an LDC country to a middle-income developing country.”

The Hograno, Katova, Kia and Havulei MP is a former Secretary to Prime Minister who spent more than 20 years in public service.

Mr Manele contest’s the Prime Minister’s post against his only rival, a former Prime Minister and outspoken opposition MP in the 9th Parliament, Manasseh Sogavare.

Meanwhile, the second nominee for the Prime Minister’s post MP-elect Manasseh Damukana Sogavare has assured his coalition colleagues, he would consult them and their stakeholders in every major decision if given the mandate to lead the next government.

Mr Sogavare says, he has spent the past years on personal reflection and transformation.

The five-term MP and two-time former Prime Minister from East Choiseul say he has moved on from issues of the past and looking forward to governing this nation with the total support of his coalition colleagues.

Mr Sogavare urges his coalition colleagues to prioritise national issues above their own.

Solomon Islanders will know by tomorrow who their new Prime Minister is.

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