The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL) has assured the new Director of SPC-Land Resource Division (SPC-LRD) of its commitment to further strengthen their long cordial relationship.
Honourable Minister Duddley Kopu made the assurance to Jan Helsen at a dinner he hosted to welcome him to Solomon Islands as he takes on his new role as the SPC-LRD Director.
“I believe there are areas that both parties can improve on to further strengthen our relationship.
“It has not been plain sailing, however Solomon Islands has benefited in one way or another from SPC support.”
“I can confidently say that there is room for improvement in how things are done to get maximum impact,” Mr Kopu says.
He adds that his ministry is looking forward to more collaboration and support from SPC with some of the more pressing issues such as the Giant African Snail and Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle, natural disasters such as cyclone recovery, climate change effects, NCDs, strategic Policy Planning, Land Use Planning, capacity development, animal health and so on.
Mr Helsen’s visit to the country is to see first-hand what SPC has been doing and some areas where the regional organization will best assist Solomon Islands with.
He held discussions with MAL Officials to get insight into the Ministry and its mandates; the assistance received over the years from SPC and was also briefed on areas that may require further assistance in the future.
“There are many issues that I have heard during the discussions and there are also many opportunities.
“The road will not be easy; it’s going to be a process that requires our partnership.
“I will be listening a lot to all of you our partners for areas where we can help.
“We must work together to advance our common interests more specifically to advance sustainable land management.
“I will therefore look to all of you to help me in this endeavour,” the new SPC-LRD director says.