13 Mar 2008

Japanese government to help fund new two projects in Solomon islands

11:55 am on 13 March 2008

The Japanese government is to help fund new two projects in Solomon islands worth over 300 thousand US dollars.

These are the construction of a new Market center and a Jetty in the Malaita Provincial Capital, Auki.

The Solomon Islands' Minister for Foreign Affairs, William Haomae and Japanese Charge'd Affairs Mr Akira Iwanade signed exchange notes on the funding on Wednesday.

Mr Iwanade said the Japanese Government is pleased to provide a grant aid for the detailed design of the two projects.

Another exchange of notes for the implementation of the projects will be signed towards the middle of this year.

A Solomon's government statement says the are aimed at expanding opportunities for rural people in the province to generate cash income and to improve the flow and exchange of goods and people with Honiara and other provinces.

Meanwhile, Japan is providing funding of over 180 thousand US dollars for the rehabilitation of two Gizo wharves damage during last April's Quake and Tsunami in Western Province.