Mr Mae said that he sees no reason why the settlement cannot be done immediately since the condition by the Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) has been addressed.
“RIPEL has agreed to be paid in SBD instead of USD and the requirement of CBSI is no longer an issue.”
The Premier said the issue now is settling the RIPEL saga so that the province can find investors to rehabilitate the Russell Islands for the province economic.
He said the non operation of RIPEL for the last nine years has affected the province’s development in preparation for its becoming a state which will be effective in 2014.
“I would like to share with the government, the present Prime Minister to allow Central Province the economic developments it deserves.”
Mr Mae pointed out that the Government’s handling of the RIPEL issue is unacceptable to the province.
He said the provincial executive has urged Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo to put aside any differences with the Chairman of RIPEL Patrick Wong and give the first priority to settle the matter.
be responsible, settle the matter to allow the province in its endeavour to
development,” the Premier said.
By Jennifer Kakai
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