PRIME Minister Rick Hou has acknowledged the services of the outgoing Japanese Ambassador H.E. Kenichi Kimiya to the Government and people of Solomon Islands.
The Prime Minister made this acknowledgement during Ambassador Kimiya’s courtesy farewell to the Prime Minister at his office this morning.
“Thank you for your time here and the great work you have done during your tenure in the Solomon Islands,” he said.
Prime Minister Hou acknowledged that over the past four years that Ambassador Kimiya was here, a lot of progress and success has been made under his tenure.
The Prime Minister said the upgrading of Japan’s Embassy’s status from a Charge d’ Affairs to the Ambassadorial status last year, is also a testament of the significance of the relationship shared between both countries.
Ambassador Kimiya in response has expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the Government and people of Solomon Islands.
The outgoing Ambassador recalled arriving in Solomon Islands to take up his post in April 2014 just few days after the April Floods.
“I am honored to witness and be part of the current infrastructure development programs in Solomon Islands,” he said.
The Japanese Ambassador said he was also honored to be appointed as the first resident Japanese Ambassador to Solomon Islands (formerly Charge d ’Affairs) by the Japanese Government last year.
Ambassador Kimiya also expressed his gratitude to the people of Solomon Islands for their appreciation and friendship.
Meanwhile, Mr Kimiya has also informed the Prime Minister that his successor is expected to arrive in the country on April 4th 2018.
Ambassador Kimiya will return to Japan at the end of this month.