UK and SI discussed SIG priority projects

British High Commissioner to Solomon Islands, His Excellency Thomas Edward Coward visited the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet this afternoon.

Care Taker Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Maelanga and His Excellency Thomas Edward Corward

The courtesy call was to begin dialogue with care taker Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Maelanga on the national government’s priority projects.

Care taker Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure Development Hon. Maelanga discussed with His Excellency Thomas Edward Coward a number of priority projects including Transport Links between the provinces and the capital city.

“The transport link is a priority and a long term project, achievable in the long run,” said Hon. Maelanga.

Road linking non-economical routes continue to be a major challenge. This is important as remote communities must be linked to the rest of the country, expressed Hon. Maelanga.

His Excellency Thomas Coward is keen to put on as much energy into the United Kingdom-Solomon Islands partnership.

“There are deep historic links and strong bonds of friendship between our two countries and I look forward to working together in partnership to further strengthen our great nations.”

On the bilateral front, renewable energy remains a priority in terms of the United Kingdom’s assistance to Solomon Islands.

A British health team has just completed Kilu’ufi’I hospital’s first emergency Ward, he adds.

In Agriculture, some of the most high valued chocolate in UK is from Solomon Islands cocoa.

Scholarships, roads, bridges, airports, COVID 19 and a host of other funding assistance to the government and people of Solomon Islands.

His Excellency adds, there are more partnership opportunities under the World Trade Organisation which Solomon Islands can tap into.

More discussions will follow at the ministerial level in terms of priority projects for the country.

Solomon Islands and the United Kingdom enjoy deep and rich historic ties.

-PM Press Secretariat

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