Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo has announced that the national government is now working on a bid to host the Miss South Pacific Beauty Pegaent for 2013.
Speaking to over a hundred guests during the Solbrew Solomon Islands Beaty Pegant over the weekend, the Prime Minister announced that his government had formally sanctioned a committee to submit the country’s bid to host the annual event here in Honiara for next year’s show.
Mr. Lilo said through such event, he also recognizes that it can be a genuine avenue to promote the role of women in the country.
He stressed that this year’s pageant show has truly proven its success and its goals thus, produced a successful story for the country.
He further stressed that the early success story has augurs well with other events the Solomon Islands has hosted this year with the likes of the recent Oceania Football Confederation tournament, the 11th Festival of Pacific Arts, the 75th Aniversary of the Guadalcanal battle and the visit of the Royal couple of Cambridge.
Prime Minister Lilo said all participants of such event like the Beauty Pageant show to the country what women can do to build a strong society, to fight against violence against women and to eradicate all forms of discriminations against women.
He highlighted that this year’s 2012 Solbrew Solomon Islands Beauty and Charity Pageant resonates well with the Solomon Islands election to the Executive Board of United Nations Women and puts the responsibility on the government and all stakeholders for the nation to take appropriate responsibility to report on its obligations, complying with the UN Convention in Eliminating all forms of Discrimination against women.
“Given the fact that this year we have successfully hosted a number of regional and international events and our very own 2012 Solbrew Solomon Islands Beauty and Charity Pageant, I’m sure that will all agree with that we must put our support hehind our bid to host the Miss South Pacific Pageant 2013,” Mr. Lilo highlighted.
However, he urged that those who have been tasked to deliver Solomon Islands bid must ensure that it receives the highest respect and recognition.
“You must showcase Solomon Islands, its unique cultures and people and also ensure that they are convinced that Solomon Islands is going to host a successful 2013 Miss South Pacific Pageant,” the Prime Minister added.
Meanwhile, the government’s move was welcomed by many but suggested that if Solomon Islands is to host the Miss South Pacific Beauty Pageant show in 2013, organizers must ensure that the small errors experienced during the weekend’s event does not happen especially in a higher scaled event.
One of the Judges in the Pageant show also stressed to this paper after the event that timing is an issue in which future organizers must highly consider when hosting the Pageant show in a regional level.
“There is need to let loose of this so-called Solomon time attitude because if not considered, we might end up crowning the 2013 Miss South Pacific at 12am like we did over the weekend,” the Judge stressed.