In the last few days, in the lead up to Easter, there have been several news stories, apart from my own, focusing local and international attention on the concern over corruption in the Solomon Islands.
Both the Member of Parliament for Central Honiara and also the Deputy Speaker, John Moffat Fugui, reminded the Democratic Coalition of Change (DCC) Government to address what they both described as ‘systematic corruption.’
Mr. Fungui went further by explaining, in his opinion, “the system creates inequality and alienation in such a way that people just have to make do with what they have to survive.”
The Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavara, met recently with the Malaitan members of Parliament in Auki when he challenged them to demonstrate aggressiveness towards development in the Province.
He told the parliamentarians Malaitans had helped to develop Guadalcanal and Western Provinces and countries like Fiji, Samoa and Australia but the greatest challenge for them was to do the same in their home province.
He added the challenge would require a complete change of mindset towards development, including leaders at all levels and the public at large.
H.R.H. Prince William last week was said to have watched as H.M. Queen Elizabeth met with several Ambassadors from around the globe.
Prince William's appearance at the meeting was reportedly not an indication that the Prince will start performing such a role.
There is much to look forward to this year with the expected arrival in the Solomon Islands of greater numbers of cruise liners bringing in many tourists.
Princess Cruise Lines, operating their two cruise liners, ‘Sun Princess’ and ‘Dawn Princess’ has scheduled six visits to the Solomon Islands in 2015 and, in April, the Silversea Cruise Liner is expected to dock.
Also in April, the ‘Spirit of Enderby’ is anticipated will visit Honiara about the 6 April.
In September there will also be another cruise vessel call in at Gizo in the Western Province.
Last week in Honiara, Professor Keith Walker from the University of Saskatchewan in Canada, a noted author and authority on the subject of ‘Leadership’ gave a key-note address at a one-day Keynote Speaker Program.
His audience included senior and emerging leaders in the Solomon Islands Public Service.
During his speech, Professor Walker mentioned that the Solomon’s national motto, “To Lead Is to Serve” was important to remind public servants to perform their roles for the good of all Solomon Islands citizens.