21 Nov 2002

Solomons government praises NZ and Taiwan for funding redundancies

5:55 pm on 21 November 2002

The Solomon Islands government has praised New Zealand and Taiwan for helping fund the redundancy of public servants.

The two countries have contributed 2 million US dollars to allow the government to lay off 500 of its workers as part of a cost cutting programme.

The reform also involves the halving of the number of ministries from 20 to ten in an effort to control spending which exceeds revenue from a tax base badly damaged by the ethnic unrest and lawlessless after the coup.

The prime minister, Sir Allan Kemakeza, says this leaves one-thousand public servants

"five hundred are ready to go under a joint New Zealand/ROC funding support programme we are left with one thousand public officers as already announced."