Australia says it commits to national projects - Solomon Star News

Australia says it commits to national projects

06 September 2018
PM Hou (L) and Foreign Minister Milner Tozaka speaking with Senator Payne.

PRIME Minister Rick Hou has welcomed the new Australian Government’s assurance to progress with the Under Sea Cable Project.

Australia’s Foreign Minister Senator Marise Payne assured Mr Hou during their bilateral meeting in Nauru on Wednesday.

“We are keen to continue with the cable project and we are pleased that everything is in progress, “ she said.

Mr Hou said the cable project remains an important project for the Solomon Islands.

And he assured Senator Payne that all progressive work has been positive.

Foreign Minister Payne also raised issues concerning the cable landing sites, which the Prime Minister has assured her that his officials are positively working on it.

Foreign Minister Payne has also reassured Mr Hou on Australia’s commitment to the Tina Hydro Project.

She also raised concerns regarding the timeline of the Tina Hydro project that should enable appropriate agreements to be signed.

Mr Hou in response has acknowledged the concerns raised citing logistic issues as one of the main delaying factors.

“I have personally prioritised this important project to speed up the process,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Australian Foreign Minister has also conveyed greetings from Australia’s new Prime Minister Scott Morrison to Mr Hou.

 The prime minister in response has also reiterated his best wishes to Mr Morrison and the new Foreign Minister.

“Australia is an important partner and my government looks forward in continuing the important programs between our two countries,” he said.

Mr Hou is likely to meet Prime Minister Morrison next week in Canberra.