Minister for Provincial Government and Institutional Strengthening Manasseh Maelanga has assured premiers that a lot of the issues raised in their two communiqués are part of the C-NURA Government's programs and policies.

Welcoming the premiers and the Prime Minister to the conference's opening yesterday morning, Mr Maelanga said some of the issues raised have already been responded to by the government, and others are ongoing.

Up to 28 resolutions had been submitted to the national government after the premier's conference at Lata in Temotu province last year.

He assured premiers that rural development forms a huge part of the government's development programs and policies.

Mr Maelanga congratulated the premiers for coming together in such a forum to discuss matters of common interest to their people and provinces.