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Stakeholders in Solomon Islands discuss on Road Safety Plan

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) is among the stake holders from different Government Ministries who discussed the National Road Safety Action Plan during a meeting at the Ministry of Health and Medical Services today 21 September 2017.

The National Consultation on the Development of the National Road Safety Action Plan objectives is to gather high level representatives to discuss national objectives of the road safety stakeholders in Solomon Islands, to discuss national objectives and priority actions for road safety, identify coordination mechanisms for road safety, discuss sustainable financing options  and determine the process for the finalization and Government adoption of the Action Plan.

Deputy Commissioner Operations Mr Gabriel Manelusi in his opening remarks said, “Road traffic is a leading cause of death and disability in Solomon Islands. RSIPF reports that at least 11 people were killed and almost 500 people seriously injured on national roads in 2016.”

Mr. Manelusi said, “This is a third consultation in the ongoing development of the National Action Plan. The anticipated outcome is the National Action Plan for Road Safety that is aligned to the sustainable development goals which the national development Plan for the Solomon Islands and the RSIPF Crime Prevention Strategy.”

He said, “The inter-sectoral Action Plan will clearly define the national version and objective for Road Safety in the Solomon Islands and required the whole government approach and actions to achieve those objectives.”

 “To achieve these goals and to save lives on our roads requires the engagements and support of many different sectors of the government and the citizens of this country. Road Safety is everyone’s responsibilities and everyone has a role to play,” Said Mr Manelusi.

Deputy Commissioner Operations Mr Manelusi acknowledges World Health Organisation (WHO) for support in financing the program and more especially to Mr Jonathon Passmore for his time and commitment for facilitating the discussion.

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