SI and PRC signs “Minutes of Discussion” to start construction on Auki Road Tar sealing project.

SI and PRC signs “Minutes of Discussion” to start construction on Auki Road Tar sealing project.

Solomon Islands and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) have signed the “Minutes of Discussion” to commence construction on the Auki Road Tar sealing project.

Chinas’ Ambassador to Solomon Islands, His Excellency, Cai Weiming, Caretaker Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure Development Manasseh Maelanga, and Caretaker Premier for Malaita Province Martin Fini signed the documents in a ceremony witnessed by the caretaker Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare at the Prime Minister’s Office yesterday.

The documents were signed based on the positive feedbacks from the feasibility study conducted by Chinese experts earlier this year, which outlines details for corporation for the next phase of the project.

Speaking during the signing, Caretaker Deputy Prime Minister Manasseh Maelanga says the signing marks a significant milestone in the bilateral relations between both countries.

” It is indeed a symbol of progress, development and transformation as this infrastructure development initiative holds immense potential for enhancing connectivity, stimulating economic growth, and improving the overall quality of life for the people of Auki and Malaita Province.”

” This initiative not only strengthens bilateral relations but also serves as a symbol of constructive collaboration for the benefit of the people and the broader development goals of Malaita Province and Solomon Islands.”

Caretaker Premier Fini also acknowledged the country’s’ bilateral relationship with China for enabling the implementation of the project.

Caretaker Premier Malaita Province Martin Fini.

He highlighted that Auki continues to face challenges in terms of transport services and economic activities with its deteriorating road conditions.

“I sincerely share our heartfelt acknowledgement to ambassador Weiming, the Civil Works Engineering Investment team and the relations between both countries for facilitating the Auki Tar Sealing Road project possible for the betterment of our communities.”

“This motivates us to move forward under our Urban and regional development plan which has already been endorsed to elevate our vision to a new height to create a better Auki city.”

Meanwhile, H.E Cai Weiming reiterated Infrastructure and Connectivity as an important component of the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between Solomon Islands and China.

He also assured of Chinas commitment to continue its support for Solomon Islands through the guidance of the Belt and Road Initiative and the Global Development Initiative.

“ China will continue to provide assistance in areas of infrastructure, rural development, trade promotion, healthcare and education with its capability.

I am sure the relations between China and Solomon Islands will continue to prosper and we will join hands to promote the construction of a community of shared future for mankind.”


By Eliza Kukutu

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