Big Up­grade for Ho­niara Air­port

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The Solomon Is­lands Gov­ern­ment has signed a mile­stone US$39.6 mil­lion agree­ment with the Ja­panese Gov­ern­ment for the im­prove­ment of the Ho­niara In­ter­na­tional Air­port Project. Min­is­ter of Foreign Af­fairs & Ex­ter­nal Trade Hon­or­able Mil­ner Tozaka and the Ja­panese Foreign Min­is­ter Taro Kono of­fi­cially signed the agree­ment at the Ja­panese Foreign Af­fairs Of­fice.

Dur­ing the sign­ing cer­e­mony, Min­is­ter Tozaka ac­knowl­edged the Gov­ern­ment of Ja­pan for its un­wa­ver­ing sup­port in in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment.

The four bil­lion three hun­dred and six­ty­four mil­lion Ja­panese Yen (4,364,000,000), is di­rected to­wards the up­grad­ing the Ho­niara In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

“I would like to ex­press through you, our grat­i­tude to­wards your Gov­ern­ment for the con­tin­u­ous sup­port ren­dered to us through the vol­un­teers, Grass­roots projects and more im­por­tantly the coun­try’s in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment am­bi­tions,” he said. Min­is­ter Tozaka said Ja­pan re­mains the lead­ing in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment part­ner in Solomon Is­lands.

There­fore, he said the Solomon Is­lands Gov­ern­ment wel­comes the con­tin­u­ous co­op­er­a­tion and sup­port by the Ja­panese Gov­ern­ment.

“I want to thank you on be­half of the Gov­ern­ment of this mile­stone achieve­ment,’’ Min­is­ter Tozaka said. Ja­pan’s Foreign Min­is­ter Kono in re­sponse said the im­prove­ment of the Ho­niara In­ter­na­tional Air­port is Ja­pan’s de­sire to see sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment through in­fra­struc­ture pro­grammes in the Solomon Is­lands.

He said this project will also sup­ple­ment the cur­rent Kukum High­way In­fra­struc­ture pro­gramme.

Mean­while, the Ja­panese Foreign Min­is­ter has also con­grat­u­lated Solomon Is­lands for open­ing a tourism of­fice in Ja­pan. Mr Kono said his of­fice to­gether with other relevant agen­cies will make sure Solomon Is­lands tourism is pro­moted in Ja­pan.

Aerial view of Ho­niara In­ter­na­tional Air­port, Solomon Is­lands

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