Gov’t signs 4 billion Yen airport project with Japan

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Minister Kono and Foreign Minister Tozaka during the signing ceremony.

THE Government on Wednesday 16 May signed a milestone agreement with the Japanese Government for the improvement of the Honiara International Airport Project in Tokyo.

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 sixty-four 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 programs in the Solomon Islands.

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

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.

-PM Press