Honiara craft center opens today

Foreign Affairs Trade Commissioner Joseph Mahanua, Taiwan Ambassador, His Excellency Roger Luo and the Minister of Culture and Tourism Hon. Bartholomew Parapolo

The Honiara Craft Market Centre officially opens its doors for business starting today.

Prime Minister Rick Houenipwela and Taiwan’s Ambassador to Solomon Islands, His Excellency Roger Luo officially opened the Craft and Arts facility this morning.

The facility will provide home for local art and craft producers of Solomon Islands to showcase their talents, aiming to eventually become another tourist attraction in the Solomons.

Ambassador Luo urged users and citizens of Solomon Islands to make use and care for the facility.

He said their support is part of the booming relationship between Solomon Islands and Taiwan.

Inside the craft center

“It is a real pleasure to see the craft market centre, and the centre will provide a decent place for the talented artist in this country to showcase and sell their work of art.

“This milestone project marks another page of our mutual engagement and cooperation with Solomon Islands.”

The Minister of Culture and Tourism Hon Bartholomew Parapolo acknowledged the people and government of Taiwan for the assistance.

“Let me take this opportunity to formally convey our thankfulness and appreciation to the government and the people of the Republic of China (Taiwan) for the very successful partnership that resulted in the completion of Honiara craft centre.

“Ambassador Roger Luo , please accept and convey our sincere thanks and appreciation to Madam President Tsai Ing-wen and your government.”

By: Charlies Salini 

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