The Ministry of Rural Development (MRD) has commenced its nationwide consultation on the first ever Solomon Islands Constituency Development Policy (CD) in Isabel Province today (Wednesday 24th August, 2022).
Permanent Secretary for MRD Dr. Samson Viulu is leading the team for the two days consultation. The team left Honiara yesterday 7pm via Lady Libaka and arrived in Buala at 3am today (Wednesday) morning.
The purpose of the consultation workshop is to gather the views and inputs of MRD stakeholders towards the formulation and design of the policy framework.
The policy framework will set the bases for MRD internal taskforce to develop the drafting instructions of the proposed review on the CDF Act 2013. It will also further enhance the planning, coordination, implementation and management of the CDF.
“Vision of the policy is to achieve safe, clean, healthy, friendly, peaceful and vibrant rural communities all throughout Solomon Islands by 2035.
“Views from the wider pubic including from rural folks will be gathered through consultations and a policy working draft will be distributed to all the relevant stakeholders for their invaluable inputs,” PS Dr. Viulu highlighted.
He said that once the policy is completed and approved by Cabinet, it shall become the first ever policy focusing on constituency development in Solomon Islands.
PS Viulu further stated that the CD policy is intended to guide how development should take root in all constituencies through the CDF implementation mechanisms and in collaboration with relevant line ministries and other stakeholders.
“The new development policy will make more emphasis in the productive and resource sectors including essential services to address the issues and challenges faced daily by rural dwellers thereby activate an additional percentage of the productive population to contribute to the national revenue consequently grow our local and national economy.
“…with specific instructions from the political leaders to amend the existing CDF Act to decentralize government services by bringing them closer to all our rural areas particularly at the constituency level, the ministry of rural development has embarked on developing the constituency development policy for Solomon Islands,” PS Viulu said.
The CD policy will assist the ministry as the main conduit for CDF to address some of the following issues;
The policy will also enhance collaboration between MRD and line ministries to bring needed government services much closer to the rural people.
A taskforce was established in MRD and spearheaded by the Deputy Secretary Technical Hugo Hebala and Director Governance Hickson George in collaboration with the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (OPMC) to lead efforts on the drafting of the policy.
Other main features of the policy are identification of main thematic focus areas, allocation of financial resources, constituency governance, improved and more focused delivery mechanisms and proper coordination, planning and sustenance of income generating projects.
Other activities that will also coincide with the consultation is the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) of CDF funded projects in Maringe-kokota constituency by MRD M&E officers.
The consultation ends tomorrow.
– MRD Press