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U.S. Government Official Visits Projects in Solomon Islands

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Auki, Solomon Islands — United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Asia Bureau Program Office Director Clay Epperson has successfully completed a two-day visit to SCALE project activities in Malaita, supported by USAID Representative in the Solomon Islands.

USAID through five organisations are implementing the Strengthening Competitiveness, Agriculture, Livelihood and Environment (SCALE) program – a comprehensive five-year, $25 million investment in economic growth and trade, with specific emphasis on the development of the agribusiness sector and improved management of the forestry sector.

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During the visit, Epperson meet and interacted with representatives of the implementing partners of the SCALE program in Auki. He was briefed about activities and progress of implementations and visit project sites.

SCALE implementing partners include Winrock International which implements activities relating to Natural Resource Management, Development Alternative International which implements activities relating to Market System Partnerships, Green Power Technology in the area of Architecture & Engineering Support, Social Solution in the area of Small Scale Construction and Nathan and Associates overseeing Trade and Investment.

Epperson visited proposed processing facilities’ site at Gwaigeo, visited the Kwaibala catchment management area and met with one tribal group who are developing an integrated Resource Management facility, and cocoa nursery sites, during the short visit.

USAID support through the SCALE program compliments the Solomon Islands’ National Development Strategy 2016-2035,  focusing on three objectives: (1) improve the enabling environment for increased trade and investment; (2) promote the development and expansion of the agribusiness sector; and (3) improve natural resources governance.

SCALE will work in provinces most in need of development as identified by the Solomon Islands government, with an initial focus on Malaita Province.

SCALE is made possible by the generous support of the American people to develop and implement sustainable models for improved natural resource governance in Malaita Province and throughout Solomon Islands. In the Pacific Islands, USAID partners with national governments to advance sustainable, resilient development.  Epperson’s visit to the Solomon Islands comes at the end of his six months deployment to the US Embassy office in PNG before he returns to USAID Office in Washington DC in a weeks’ time.

About SCALE

SCALE is a comprehensive five-year, $25 million investment in economic growth and trade in the

Solomon Islands, with specific emphasis on the development of the agribusiness sector and improved management of the forestry sector. In support of the Solomon Islands’ National Development Strategy 2016-2035, the project has three objectives: (1) improve the enabling environment for increased trade and investment; (2) promote the development and expansion of the agribusiness sector; and (3) improve natural resources governance. Through five implementing partners, SCALE will work in provinces most in need of development as identified by the Solomon Islands government, with an initial focus on Malaita Province.

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