PRIME Minister Hon. Manasseh Sogavare (MP) was paid a courtesy visit by Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, Mr. Norikazu Suzuki and delegation at the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
During their meeting, Mr. Suzuki reaffirms Japan’s relationship with the Solomon Islands and stated that Japan will continue to support the Solomon Islands in its development plans.
Mr. Suzuki also told the Prime Minister of the commitment by Japan to support the fishery sector and that the Japanese Government is keen to continue to upgrade the International Airport.
He further acknowledged the land issues associated with the airport upgrade and expressed hopes for a smooth process in dealing with the land issues.
Mr. Suzuki also stated that the Japanese Government will continue with the next phase of the Kukum Highway Project and said that work is expected to continue in October.
The Parliamentary Vice-Minister also told the Prime Minister of Japan’s commitment to supporting the Solomon Islands with the “best, high quality, long-lasting infrastructure developments” and to assist in waste management projects.
In response, Hon. Sogavare also acknowledged the relationship shared between the two countries and stating that “both countries share a strong relationship that goes a long way back”.
The Prime Minister also expressed his appreciation and gratitude on behalf of the Government for the commitments and continued assistance that Japan has contributed to the development of the country and further reaffirm Solomon Islands’ commitment to continue to work together with Japan.
Hon. Sogavare further stated the importance to boost the tourism industry and reiterated the Government’s interest to facilitate the requirements needed for the upgrade of the airport.
He also took the opportunity to thank the Japanese Government for their support towards waste management projects in the country and acknowledged the importance of such projects in relation to the growing population and city’expansion.
The Japan Parliamentary Vice-Minister and his delegation were accompanied by the Japan Ambassador to the Solomon Islands His Excellency Shigeru Toyama.