Prime Minister Rick Houenipwela has confirmed funding arrangement for the Pacific Games 2023 with President of the Republic of China on Taiwan Dr. Tsai Ing-Wen.
The Prime Minister successfully negotiated the arrangement with the Taiwanese President during the leaders bilateral dialogue a few days ago.
The president of Taiwan had thrown her Government’s full support for the Games and she was particularly overwhelmed and welcomes the Green Games initiative.
“Yes, we have been waiting for this,” President Tsai said.
The President was also impressed with the political will driven by Prime Minister Houenipwela and his Government, advancing significant progress since assuming office.
This was after the Prime Minister informed President Tsai on the latest progress made in securing land for the main stadium.
Prime Minister Houenipwela and 2023 Pacific Games Sub-Committee chairman Hon. Steve Abana also led the delegation to meet with two top construction companies in Taiwan.
The two companies are Futsu Construction, Ltd and CECI Engineering Consultants Inc.
The Prime Minister and chairman Hon Abana will then return and present a Cabinet paper for Cabinet to endorse any of the two companies to construct the stadium.
Speaking during the presentations, Prime Minister Houenipwela told the company representatives that the PG 2023 Games is an important project for his Government.
He said land for the main stadium had been secured.
“This will be the first ever green games in the pacific region and we would like to host a successful and memorable event,” he said.
Hon. Abana has also acknowledged the presentations made by the two companies and welcomes the funding support for the main stadium by the Taiwanese government.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister is expected to make further announcements regarding the PG Games support and also other achievements from his trip to Japan and Taiwan in a press conference upon arrival in Honiara.
Source: Press Secretary to Prime Minister.