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The Bills and Legislative Committee (BLC) Report have made several important recommendations as way forward to better improve the Traditional Governance proposed law (Traditional Governance and Customs Facilitation Bill 2018). One of the key recommendations, that is recommendation number two (2) of the BLC report directed that a research study into the cultural anthropology of the various traditional governance systems in Solomon Islands to be carried out. That is the basis for this proposed research study work.
During the National Symposium on Traditional Governance convened for traditional leaders across Solomon Islands by the Ministry of Traditional Governance, Peace and Ecclesiastical Affairs (MTGPEA) in September 2019, the traditional leaders have made strong emphasis on the importance of adhering to the BLC recommendations, and amongst others is the recommendation to carry out cultural anthropological study into various traditional governance systems and structures existed in Solomon Islands societies. That will properly inform the proposed bill on the diverse traditional governance systems and structures that existed in Solomon Islands societies from time immemorial.
This research study is fundamentally important for this Traditional Governance proposed law as it will inform the important areas and requirements to focus on, which will then guide the reframing of the next processes leading to the new or perfected version of the Traditional Governance and Customs Facilitation Bill 2018. This therefore sets the basis for engagement of a consultant that will work collaboratively with the Ministry’s responsible team to effectively carry this research work.