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PM and Chinese envoy signs Agreement on Economic and Technical Cooperation

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare tgis week has signed the Agreement on Economic and Technical Cooperation with the Chinese Ambassador to Solomon Islands Li Ming.

Prime Minister Sogavare signed on behalf of the Solomon Islands Government in his capacity as Acting Finance and Treasury Minister.

The Agreement on Economic and Technical Cooperation is for the implementation of injection of Rural Constituency Development Program support in the year 2021, the 2023 Pacific Games Project and the Solomon Islands National University Dormitory Buildings Project.

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Infrastructure projects in Malaita progress

There is positive and encouraging progresses on some of the infrastructure projects in Malaita.

A trip to the Northern part of the province by officials from the Ministry of Finance and Treasury and the Office of the Prime Minister has revealed this.

Under the Economic Stimulus Package (ESP) initiatives’ infrastructure component, the Oversight Committee confirmed that the bridge at Taba’a in North East Malaita was successfully completed and has already been utilised.

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Hebou, PNG Ports sign contract

The Motukea International Port facility outside Port Moresby, is set to undergo a multi-million kina rectification works program.

Hebou Construction has been contracted by PNG Ports Corporation Limited (PNG Ports) to carry out a complete rehabilitation and reconstruction of the Motukea international terminal area, at a total cost of K56 million.

Motukea Port is an international container handling facility owned by PNG Ports and operated by Motukea International Terminal Limited, a subsidiary of International Container Terminal Services Inc.

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AUSTRALIA’S INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM IN PNG

Australia’s bilateral infrastructure assistance in PNG is managed through three key investments: the Economic and Social Infrastructure Program, the Transport Sector Support Program, and the Incentive Fund. These programs provide high-level technical and advisory support to the national government and key stakeholders to improve PNG’s infrastructure governance, including prioritisation, planning processes and procurement, at the same time as delivering infrastructure projects that support and incentivise these longterm
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ISABEL PROVINCE AVAILS MORE LAND FOR DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

Tatamba new Court House

The Isabel Provincial Government is availing more Provincial Government owned land for development projects at strategic locations around the Province.

This was highlighted by the Province’s Deputy Premier, Tony Vahia during a ceremony this week to handover a new modern court house at Tatamba by the Gao-Bugotu constituency to the Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs.

The more than SB$700,000.00 court house was built with constituency funds under the Rural Constituency Development Funds (RCDF) scheme.

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Raoto’o Architectural services contracted to upgrade SIPA Domestic Terminal

Solomon Ports this week on Tuesday commissioned the new ‘Domestic Terminal Exit Gatehouse and officially unveiled the design concept of the proposed new ‘Domestic terminal building’.

The new Exit Gatehouse now adds to the ongoing efforts of SIPA to modernize the domestic terminal and improve shipping services for port users. Adding to that, Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Manaseh Maelanga, who was the chief guest during the commissioning event on Tuesday, was also given the honor of unveiling the concept design for the new proposed domestic terminal.

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FIU RIVER BRIDGE PROCUREMENT OUTCOME

Fiu Bridge in Malaita Province/ Photo Source SIRAP

A proposal for the design and construction of Fiu River Bridge on Malaita Province has been rejected.

Solomon Islands Roads and Aviation Project (SIRAP) under the Ministry of Communication and Aviation (MCA) and the Ministry of Infrastructure Development (MID) has issued a rejection letter to the proposer earlier this week. The issue of the rejection letter completes the procurement process.

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SBD $1.5 billion SIIP Partnership Arrangement Signed

Australian High Commissioner Dr Strahan and Planning Minister Rexson Ramofafia signing the partnership arrangement to officially launch the Solomon Islands Infrastructure Program, witnessed by Prime Minister Sogavare

Solomon Islands and Australia have formalised a ten year, SBD 1.5 billion Infrastructure development  Program, the Solomon Islands Infrastructure Programme.

This seals Australia's long term commitment to the development of quality and much needed infrastrucutre throughout the the Solomon Islands.

The ceremony was witnessed by the Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare in Honiara on 25 June 2021 as officials from both countries signed the financing arrangements.

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MWL Female Traffic Officers Induction

In allingnment with the recent Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) Policy by GoPNG has shown that the number of females involvement in the Male dominated and labour intensive industry are actively increasing over the years.

To that effect, the Mobile Works Limited (MWL) has conducted an induction on Traffic Controller, Engineering and Survey Controls that involves a considerable number of female participation to be set out on the construction site from 9mile to PAU Junction.

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Building together: civil society a key partner in delivering Pacific infrastructure

 Building quality infrastructure in the Pacific means going beyond a narrow focus on hard assets, to thinking about the ways that new infrastructure, and accompanying services, will contribute to lasting development outcomes. This requires sustained engagement with island governments, and with Pacific civil society and the local private sector, in the design, construction and management of infrastructure. Ultimately, there is no shortcut for quality.

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