PM's Rudd and Sikua talking and discussion about infrastructure improvement is a good start but local employment in SI alone is not enough.
Too many people in SI need work in order to buy food they need. There is need for a major national and international Pacific employment assistance projects. UN sponsored catchment rehabilitation projects for example, employing contracted SI people, could be arranged in Australia.
Neither Aus or the Pacific has the resources required to engage the big number of people needing income. There is need for UN, WB and IMF international assistance for the region.
Aus alone can not really assist SI with the monetization of the SI economy that economist the late Bart Ulufa'alu said is now required.
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