Taiwan pledges to support 2023 Games
TAIWAN has pledged to work with Solomon Islands to ensure the country successfully hosts the 2023 Pacific Games.
Its Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr David Tawai Lee made the assurance when he met Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare in Taipei on Monday night.
Mr Sogavare and a delegation of 14 are on an eight-day state visit to Taiwan.
During the meeting, which was attended by the entire membership of the Prime Minister’s delegation, Mr Sogavare told his host that his Government is now working on the concept paper for funding of the main stadium for the games for submission to Taipei and specific talks on this project should be held shortly between the two governments.
He said the concept paper will include the facility design and costing.
Mr Sogavare said his government ‘must’ construct sporting facilities that Solomon Islands can be able to continue using and looking after in the long run.
The Taiwanese Foreign Minister in turn congratulated Solomon Islands for its successful bid to host the premier Pacific regional games and added that, “certainly as a true friend of Solomon Islands, we will work with you to ensure a successful 2023 Pacific Games.”
Dr Lee said it was very brave of Solomon Islands to compete with French Polynesia to bid for the games, adding that Taiwan has had a very humble beginning too like Solomon Islands before gradually developing to its current state.