Regulatory policy



Solomon Islands professionals and academics working in Fiji were consulted on the first-ever Solomon Islands Constituency Development Policy (SICD), a major reform undertaking spearheaded by the Ministry of Rural Development (MRD) to reform and decentralize developments in rural Solomon Islands.

Held at the USP Faculty of Business and Economics (FBC) Lecture Hall on Sunday 13e In November 2022, the consultation allows working class members and students from the Solomon Islands residing in Fiji to present their invaluable ideas, views and recommendations on the policy concept before a final document is submitted to the cabinet for further deliberation.

The consultation was graced by the Solomon Islands High Commissioner to Fiji, His Excellency Joseph Ma’ahanua, who attended and provided input in his capacity as an ordinary citizen of the Solomon Islands.

The presentations focused mainly on the administration of the CDF as presented by the Director of the Rural Development Division (RDD), Milfred Delemani and the financial controller of the MRD, Timothy Paoka, while the draft policy was presented by Governance Director, Hickson George and Assistant Technical Secretary, Hugo Hebala made a presentation. on the report of the provincial consultations.

It was a successful consultation as professionals and academics contributed constructively to the conceptual policy with invaluable ideas and recommendations on approaches to improve the CDF mechanism to advance rural development in our rural areas in order to improve the livelihoods of all Solomon Islands.

The director of the Rural Development Division, Milfred Delemani, presents the administration of the CDF.

Contributors thanked the MRD for undertaking this important policy reform that will lead to constituency development reform and the decentralization of government services to rural areas.

They highlighted the need to streamline the links between constituency development supports and provincial government systems such as neighborhood development committees and other existing mechanisms.

The consultations identified issues and problems within current constituency development practices through the CDF and recommendations for improving or including in the new SICD policy, the following areas: guidelines and regulations, governance, planning, implementation. implementation, management, monitoring and evaluation, reporting, constituency. Development Centers and Committee and, General Recommendations on the CDF Reform Law.

In his remarks, the SI High Commissioner to Fiji HE Ma’ahanua thanked the MRD team under the leadership of Honorable Minister Duddley Kopu and Permanent Secretary Dr. Samson Viulu for including the Islands community Salomon in Fiji in the consultations to develop this important policy, through where their voices and ideas can also be included and considered in the development of the policy framework.

SI High Commissioner His Excellency Joseph Ma’ahanua contributes as an ordinary citizen of the Solomon Islands.

He pointed out that the outcome of the SICD policy will be interesting to note how the policy will best serve people in rural areas through the CDF and how the policy can be linked to other existing development mechanisms.

Meanwhile, Minister Kopu, who led the MRD delegation on official engagements in Fiji, acknowledged everyone for their invaluable participation and contributions.

He said the views and suggestions are important as they will help the policy working group in developing the policy framework.

Minister Kopu also highlighted that the main objectives of the SICD policy are to support and provide a policy framework to revise the CDF law of 2013; and it will strengthen and contribute to empowering all Solomons to participate meaningfully in constituency development activities to improve their livelihoods.

He said the SICD policy will focus on the following key thematic areas: socio-economic infrastructure, income-generating projects for livelihoods, essential services such as health, education and police security, and downstream processing and value addition.

Working professionals and students thanked the MRD for providing them with this vital opportunity to participate in the consultation discussions, where they can share their ideas and views on current CDF practices and recommendations to be included in the very first SICD policy.

Some of the SI professionals and academics who are part of the consultation.

Hon. Minister Duddley Kopu delivering his speech.

Dr. Gordon Nanau provides input during the consultation.

Tony Hiriasia expresses his views and suggestions on the new SICD policy.

Dr. Gordon Nanau, who is one of the panelists, raises a point during the roundtable.

– MRD press