The Solomon Islands Government and the Resource Owners of Bina – Talifu land in Malaita Province have signed a historic communiqué, paving way for the development of a Tuna Processing Plant at Bina Harbour.
The signing of the communiqué was a result of three months of dialogue, discussions and consultations that started on July 28 this year at the project site in Bina, reports SIG.
From that first consultation meeting, the Bina Tuna Processing Plant Project Sub Committee which was established by cabinet earlier this year made a strategic recommendation to individually deal with each of the parties. The strategy was useful and resulted in follow up meetings with the primary, secondary and other parties in the area.
Chairman of the subcommittee Ferral Lasi who is also the Under Secretary (Technical) of the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources thanked the resource owners for their willingness to work with the government on this vital project.
“This marked an important mile stone to this project and a real opportunity for the people of Bina-Talifu and Malaita Province to see this important national project kick off and let me remind you again the government is ready now than ever before to implement this project,” Lasi said.
The communiqué stresses that the committee and representatives of the groups will continue to work closely together in the spirit of inclusiveness. In addition, the communiqué contained ten commitments that formed the basis of working together by the government and the resource owners going forward.