The Prime Minister, Dr Derek Sikua has told a Pacific Public Service Commissioners Conference in Honiara that Solomon Islands has improved a lot since the ethnic tension period.

He says then the State Services were non-effective including the Public Administration, but a lot of efforts has been put into ensuring the improvements and coupled with the help of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands and the development partners.

Prime Minister Sikua says security, government finances and the public service have been restored as a result of the concerted efforts. He offered sincere gratitude to the regional governments for what they have done for his country through RAMSI.

Dr Sikua told the regional public service commissioners that the important decisions they and their governments have made to help Solomon Islands have certainly contributed towards restoration of peace and harmony.

He says he paid special attributes to the public service commissioners because some of them may have been involved in the decision to deploy public officers to his country under RAMSI.

The Prime Minister says the strength of any government system lies to the extent from which it earns and holds its citizens' respect.

And he adds it is in the interest of politicians to show to their electorates the effectiveness of their policies during their term in office, but whatever they can do depends on the machinery that is responsible for delivering the services to the people.

The three-day Pacific Public Service Commissioners Conference which kicked off in Honiara today will be discussing the theme 'Developing Strategies for Talent Management'.