An Australian scientist, Professor Ken Collerson, has said there is great prospect of the presence of mineral diamond on Malaita.

This projection was made in a scientific presentation to the Government yesterday.

Professor Collerson from the University of Queensland who made the presentation told Government he was optimistic about the presence of diamond and other minerals because of his earlier finding about the presence of micro diamond in rocks obtained from Malaita.

Minister for Mines and Energy, Edward Huni'ehu says Government was very anxious this finds could lead to long term economic benefits not only to Malaita province but Solomon islands as a whole.

Mr. Huni'ehu says his Ministry would work on a paper seeking Cabinet approval to kick start the process of exploring the potential of the existence of minerals including diamond on the island of Malaita.