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SICCI to host Infrastructure Symposium

The Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) will host its inaugural Infrastructure Symposium this year which will bring together key stakeholders in the infrastructure development sector in Solomon Islands.

The two-day Symposium is scheduled to take place from Thursday 21 October to Friday 22 October 2021 at the Foreign Fisheries Agency (FFA) Regional Conference Centre in Honiara.

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Gov’t begins implementation process of National Building Code for SI

The National Government is currently in the process of implementing a National Building Code for Solomon Islands.

The Ministry of Infrastructure Development (MID) is taking the lead in this process.

A Government statement today said the ‘National  Building  Code  for  Solomon  Islands’(and  its accompanying document the ‘Home Building Manual’) was originally created and published in 1990.

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Government Committed to Infrastructure Development in Guadalcanal: Sogavare

Source: OPMC

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare says the Government will continue to support the maintenance and rehabilitation of Guadalcanal province feeder roads.

Prime Minister Sogavare in his Second Appointed Day Speech in Marau, East Guadalcanal, said this would help transport owners to continue to provide much needed transport services, investors to continue with normal businesses and rural farmers to bring their market produces to Honiara easily.

The Prime Minister said the Marau to Kuma road is also in plan for 2022/2023.

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ADB Launches Transport Strategy for Pacific

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has launched a new strategy to help ADB’s Pacific developing member countries (DMCs) improve connectivity and tackle other core development challenges across the Pacific over the next 5 years.

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Financing agreement for the Tina Hydro transmission system signed

The Australian Government has stepped in to support the Solomon Islands Government by co-financing a major component within the Tina River Hydro Project which is the construction of the tranmission system from Tina to the Solomon Power Distribution Centre.

Solomon Power and the Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific (AIFFP)  signed a USD22.7 million (SBD180 million) grant and loan financing agreement to build a 22km transmission system as part of the Tina River Hydropower Project.

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Kukum Highway phase II consultancy agreement signed

 A consultancy agreement to begin consultancy services on phase two of the Kukum Highway project was signed in Honiara today (02 March) between the Solomon Islands Government and the CTI Engineering International Co. Ltd of Japan.

 The Phase two of the road improvement project will start from section at the Ministry of Fisheries Head Office to Honiara international airport and is expected to complete before the 2023 Pacific Games.

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Connect PNG expected to create Economic Corridors

PT Media, PNG, November 13

The Connect PNG road links are inter-district and envisioned to link up districts and provinces - coined as ‘economic corridors’ for most part of Papua New Guinea.

This is according to Alan Karo, managing architect of ProDesigner’s Architects (PNG) Ltd who will be collaborating with C.P.S Consultants and Engineering, to build the economic hub that will be established as part of the Connect PNG road program.

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Infrastructure Management Bill

By Columnist David Spring

Some legislation is rammed thru at great speed, particularly in times of national (or political!) crises. The Solomon Islands’ Infrastructure Management Bill (IMB) has had the opposite experience. First developed and drafted nearly a decade ago, it is still yet to make its passage through parliament and into law.

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BCWG push to standardize building codes in Solomon Islands

By Douglas Saefoa

The Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industries (SICCI) has established a Building and Construction Working Group to look into issues affecting the building and construction industry in the Solomon Islands.

In this issue PT Magazine visited the Chairperson of the BCWG who is also the Country Manager for Kramer Ausenco in Solomon Islands Mr. Daniel Tucker who spoke about how the BCWG was conceived.

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Infrastructure a key contributor to economic recovery

Photo caption: Tina River Hydro Project base camp site

Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the umbrella body representing the private in the Solomon Islands has pledged to support the current and ongoing major infrastructure projects in the the country as it looks to this sector as a key player in economic recovery amidst Covid-19.

“While the economy is now in recession there are currently around SBD7.5 billion worth of infrastructure projects that are either underway or tabled for the next four (4) to five (5) years.

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