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Falklands : MOTION OF THANKS SPEECH BY THE HON MR IAN HANSEN
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 08.06.2013 (Article Archived on 06.07.2013)

Mr Speaker, Your Excellency, Honourable members, in rising to second the Motion of Thanks I would just like to make one or two comments to your excellency on some issues addressed in your speech.

MOTION OF THANKS SPEECH BY THE HON MR IAN HANSEN

 

 

Mr Speaker, Your Excellency, Honourable members, in rising to second the Motion of Thanks I would just like to make one or two comments to your excellency on some issues addressed in your speech.

 

Challenge was a word you used in your address on more than one occasion and I think that’s entirely appropriate.  I think challenge is a key word with our future deliberations. 

 

Challenges are there – they have always been there in all industries.  In fisheries it has always been stock conservation that is one of the main challenges, in agriculture it is marketing opportunities and prices achievable for wool and meat.  Tourism has always been a challenge when we can encourage people world-wide that the Falklands are that special place visit or a nice place to get back to, not mentioning the war that can affect our cruise ship activity dramatically.  I think without question, though the biggest challenge we face in the future is the development of our hydrocarbon industries.  Take the sheer magnitude of the possible economic benefit to the Falkland Islands is of such a level we haven’t dealt with before.  And the enormous amount of work that we have already started – some have been done by minerals policy legislation and the teams at work in those departments – I think that must be recognised but there is still very much to do and I believe the level of this commitment will increase day by day.  That is something that we have to be prepared for.

 

I, too would like to mention just briefly the referendum and the huge success it was but we cannot rest on our laurels simply because of that success.  We must continue to make our voice heard about our position on self-determination understood in the international arena. 

 

We all know that Argentina will not reject their claim and we all know they will continue to be aggressive but I think we have to ensure that they know equally that we in the Falklands are not going to weaken or compromise our position in any way.

 

The Rural Development Strategy is important and very dear to my heart but it is a strategy that is not without its difficulties.  And I suspect that this and the next Assembly at some point may have to make some fairly controversial decisions on the issue of incentives that are needed to make this strategy a reality.

 

Transport links will always be of paramount importance to any sort of sustainability of Camp regardless of the industry involved whether it is tourism, agriculture or the oil industry.

 

Mr Speaker, as we have a long agenda this morning I think I shall leave it there and allow my Honourable Colleagues to support the Motion of thanks.

 

 

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