Gillard praises Lilo for the wrong reasons… 11% growth comes through the rape and pillage of the natural resources in the Solomons. It is not something to be proud about nor something you really mention in polite company let alone brag about.
I guess we’re suppose to say “hurray”.
I like the low crime rate comments… My house in Honiara was attacked last night by 6 machete wielding guys who broke some doors, grabbed some grog and ran off after scaring the shit out of all n sundry, even my big nasty dogs…
Indeed, a “proud and capable nation”…
Gillard praises Lilo, proud of our success
Prime Minister Julie Gillard has praised her Solomon Islands’ counterpart Gordon Darcy Lilo for his efforts in ensuring that the country continues to make progress and now holds the record for the region’s highest economic growth rate.
Gillard could not hide her joy at seeing Solomon Islands continue to thrive and make head-ways in all most all directions since her country led the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands in 2003.
She recalled that in 2003, instability in the Solomon Islands threatened not only the safety of its citizens, but the foundations of its society and government.
Then Prime Minister Allan Kemakeza requested Australian help to maintain law and order, strengthen public institutions, and promote prosperity and stability.
“It was Australia’s honour to answer that call, as did other friends and neighbours,” PM Gillard said.
And a proud Gillard said just nine years on, things have changed dramatically.
“Solomon Islands is achieving the highest economic growth rates in the region, at almost 11 per cent last year.
“It has some of the lowest crime rates in the region and is teaching its neighbours how to run correctional facilities to UN standards,” she said.
Gillard said perhaps most impressive of all has been Solomon Islands’ very successful hosting this year of an array of regional and international events.
“Solomon Islands today is a proud and capable nation. It is a nation firmly in control of its own destiny. It is a nation that is open for business. And it is a nation that we call a friend,” Gillard said.