Manele welcomes NZ’s offer to assist SI

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ParARLIAMENTARY Opposition leader Jeremiah Manele has welcomed the interest by the New Zealand Government to involve in the development of economic projects in Malaita Province.

Mr Manele issued a statement yesterday to particularly applaud the news conveyed by the New Zealand Government through its Foreign Minister Murray McCully during his meeting with the Prime Minister last week.

“This is good news for the people of Malaita and the country as a whole that New Zealand has offered to help develop Bina Harbour and other projects in Malaita,” he said.

In fact, Mr Manele said he was impressed because it was one of the issues he discussed with Mr McCully during their meeting on August 16 2015 in Honiara, in which he proposed to the New Zealand Foreign Minister to extend New Zealand’s assistance to major projects in Malaita.

“It’s about time and a timely offer that will hopefully see positive progress in the projects in Malaita province,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mr Manele has urged landowning groups and the people of Malaita to work together with the New Zealand Government and the National Government to make sure this project gets off the ground.

“This is the time for all of us to work together to ensure that these national projects are implemented without any setbacks.

“All differences must be settled amicably as the successful implementation of these projects is in the interest of everyone,” the Opposition leader said.

Mr Manele also added that his office is also prepared to work closely with the Government and the Government of New Zealand to progress these national projects.