Tuesday, 28 October 2008 3:01 PM

RIPEL Issue to be Discussed in Cabinet

A Government Special Task Force which had been looking at ways to revamp the crippled Russell Islands Plantations Estates Limited (RIPEL) will hand its report to the Prime Minister, Dr Derek Sikua tomorrow.

The Task Force Chairman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Rural Development and Indigenous Affairs, Fred Fono said his Task Force has put together the report from consultations held with various RIPEL stakeholders.

He said the report which will be submitted to Cabinet by Dr Sikua outlines various options from which it will need to consider in revamping RIPEL, which has been on a standstill since 2004.

But Mr Fono said as Cabinet will still deliberate on the report, details of the options cannot be released at this stage.

He said all stakeholders agree that it is important to them and the national economy to have the coconut and cocoa plantations operational once again.


Press Release (Government Communication Unit)