The Committee, comprised of officers from various government departments, is headed by the Under Secretary of the Department of Home Affairs Solomon Palusi.

The Committee met yesterday to oversee coordinated activities leading towards the actual anniversary on July 7.

The Independence Committee discussed various issues involving financial and logistical arrangements, accommodation, transportation, entertainment and other relevant aspects of the current preparations.

A second meeting is scheduled for this Friday in which a planned visit to meet with the Malaita Provincial Government will be finalized.

The National Government has decided to celebrate this year's independence celebration in Auki - a decision that falls in line with the government's bottom-up-approach policy.

The government is also planning to hold future independence celebrations in other provinces.