The government of Solomon Islands is reaching out to donors for assistance in building a craft market facility for indigenous craftspeople.
For many years there has not been any such facility in Honiara for carvers, weavers and basket makers, forcing them to sell their wares along the street, often displayed on cloths on the ground.
And this is after some of the artists from the provinces had already travelled for days, in most cases, by ship from the provinces to reach the capital.
Concept designs for the $US1.2 million dollar facility have been completed and it is to be built around the perimeter of the Art Gallery grounds in Point Cruz in downtown Honiara.
The director or culture division in the Ministry of Tourism, Dennis Marita, spoke with Koroi Hawkins about the project.