Wednesday, 30 January 2008 2:31 PM

PM Sikua Wants Mission to Expand Role to Rural Areas

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Dr. Derek Sikua is calling for RAMSI to expand its role in rural areas of the country where about 80 per cent of people in the country live.

The country's rural areas have seen very little growth or development since independence almost 30 years ago.

Prime Minister Sikua has just returned from a tour of Papua New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand.

He says discussions have been in place on the proposed expansion of RAMSI's role with the leaders of the three countries, and also outlined the key areas where RAMSI could be of help in rural communities.

The key areas that were outlined include the health sector, education sector, infrastructure and other sectors to do with income generation and economic activities.