Solomon Islands Minister of Commerce, Industries and Employment has assured people in Malaita of the government's determination to build an international sea port at Bina Harbour in the province.
The Government Communications Unit reports that Minister Francis Billy Hilly visited the project site last week and was satisfied with the outcome of the visit.
He was accompanied by Malaita Premier Richard Irosaea and his Provincial team, senior officials of the Solomon Islands Ports Authority and landowning groups in the area.
The Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation reports Mr Hilly pledging the government's strong financial commitment to the project, and it is making provisions for it in this year's budget.
Work on the sea port will start as soon as the National parliament approves the 2008 National Budget.