"The establishment of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in-country office is an important leap in the partnership between Solomon Islands and the SPC."

Speaking at the launch of the office yesterday, Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, William Haomae, said one of the key policy objectives of the CNURA government is to work closely with international and regional organizations "in enhancing the welfare of our people."

Minister Haomae said the timing of the Solomon Islands Government and SPC Joint Country Strategy is significant as it comes at a time when the government is undertaking reforms.

"[This] emphasizes the intention of the government to ensure that "people" are the centre of development."

The Minister pointed out that "... development can only be regarded as development when it has positive effects on lives of our constituents and neighbours of their communities."

The in-country office amongst others is established to oversee the implementation of the Solomon Islands and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) Joint Country Strategy (JCS), 2009 - 2012. The JCS was formulated to guide the provision of SPC technical assistance and other support services to Solomon Islands over the next four years.