Solomon Islands and the Japanese governments have today commemorated the groundbreaking ceremony of the Honiara Port facilities improvement project.
Signed in May last year, the project aims to solve various problems at the Honiara International wharf and allow better services in transportation and trade to develop Solomon Islands economy.
The SBD$190 million project will see the construction of a new international wharf, a container yard and accessories for the Honiara ports.
This is the largest Japanese grant aid to Solomon Islands in history.
Speaking during the ceremony, Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare said the project will enable the Honiara ports to provide safe and efficient services as a regional seaport.
“The project is scheduled to be as we heard completed by 2016 during the government’s term and will allow S.I.P.A to safely and effectively manage the increased activity at the Honiara seaport with improved vessel turnaround, reduce time delays, reduce cost of trade, increased safety to staff and traffic and promote the Honiara port as an efficient regional seaport.”
Meanwhile, Japanese Ambassador to Solomon Islands His Excellency Kenichi Kimiya said the project will also have a direct impact on the development of Solomon Islands through connectivity with regional and global economies.
“The project will have a direct impact on the development of Solomon Islands through enhanced connectivity with regional and global economies.”
The whole project is expected to be completed in the latter half of 2016.