The Ministry of Provincial Government and Institutional Strengthening (MPGIS) is responsible for the administration of Solomon Islands’ 9 provincial governments. The Ministry draws this administrative mandate from the Legal Notice 165 of February 2007 and the pdf Provincial Government Act 1997 (369 KB) .
The legal framework allows the Ministry to define its core functions, programmes and priorities through its planning processes and to devolve these functions to provincial governments, enabling them to deliver services at the provincial and community level in a manner that is both effective and efficient and that complies with relevant national strategies, policies, laws and standards.
The Ministry is headed by a Minister while the day to day operations of the Ministry is managed by the MPGIS Permanent Secretary together with the Ministry’s staff and consultants.
To be a premier government institution in building capacities of provincial governments for effective service delivery that meets the needs of our rural communities.
A capacitated Ministry of Provincial Government and Institutional Strengthening that empowers and builds capacities of provincial governments for effective service delivery at the provincial level.
The mandates of the MPGIS according to Legal Notice 165 of 2007 include the following:
- Provincial Government Department
- Community Services
- Resettlement Planning and Management Schemes
- Provincial Institutional Strengthening
- Planning and Execution of Financial Grants to Provinces
- Provincial Government Development and provincial elections.
In a similar way, the mandates according to the Provincial Government Act 1997 encompasses
- Transfer and exercise of functions
- Finances & establishments and management of funds
- Management of special projects
The strategic goals of the Ministry of Provincial Government and Institutional Strengthening (MPGIS) ensure that the Ministry, in carrying out its mandated functions, strategically aligns its programmes and activities to achieving the overall goal of the Ministry.
The Ministry’s overall goal is spelled out in the Ministry’s official Vision which is “To be the premier Government Institution in building capacities of provincial governments for effective service delivery that meets the needs of our rural communities.”
The Vision is further translated into overall Strategic Goals of the Ministry and further segmented into specific objectives of the Ministry’s Divisions. Whilst the overall goal relates more to the Ministry’s core mandates, the objectives itemizes the functions and priority programmes of each division. These together provide the strategic direction that Ministry in carrying out its work.
The MPGIS Strategic Goals are:
- Effective administration of provincial government according to pdf Provincial Government Act 1997 (369 KB)
- Empowered Provincial Governments and local institutions with expanded roles, responsibilities and resources for effective service delivery
- MPGIS and Provincial Governments are adequately capacitated with qualified manpower and performance systems that drive high performances
- Maximise revenue capacities of provincial governments through establishing a fair, equitable and efficient income and tax revenues system for provincial governments
- A more accountable and transparent financial management system that upholds the Financial Instructions (FI) and ensure effective internal control system
- An effective planning and budget process that sustains delivery of public services while at the same time maintaining a positive financial position
- A free and fair provincial election process that bolster democracy and delivers quality leadership for political stability
- Effective coordination of development projects that delivers the infrastructure and socioeconomic needs of all provinces
- Effective administration of procurement and asset management systems that delivers quality goods and services
- An optimal level of support services to MPGIS and provinces that promotes staff welfare, positive working relations and ensure general health and safe working environment
- Utilise ICT resources as a strategic tool to improve communication flow and transform an increase interaction between government institutions and stakeholders for effective public service delivery
- Establish an effective M & E process that ensure transparency and accountability for results
- Strong and resilient rural communities that effectively responds to the emergent risks of environment, disaster, climate change and cultural conflicts
- A gender conscious strategy that ensures equal representation in decision making and delivery of government services at provincial and community level.
- A political dialogue process that fosters a shared vision and political commitment amongst provincial leaders to address key governance issues affecting provinces.