25 Mar 2011

Japan helps Solomon Islands extend radio service

1:47 pm on 25 March 2011

The governments of Solomon Islands and Japan have signed an agreement to extend the national radio broadcasting network's reach so it can provide disaster warning information to nearly everyone.

The project is a response by Japan to a request from the Solomons for help after the 2007 earthquake and tsunami that killed at least 52 people in Western Province.

Japan has provided 6.5 million US dollars to improve the quality of the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation's transmission.

A representative of the Japan aid agency, Yoshinobu Takishita, says it'll increase access to radio broadcasting because radio is the main tool for the dissemination of information on disaster preparation and response.

It will mean almost the entire country will have a radio service.