PRIME Minister, Manasseh Sogavare, has led a delegation of government ministers to visit the Pacific Games facilities on Wednesday.
Accompanying the delegation was the President of Pacific Games Council (PGC), Vidhya Lakhan and PGC Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Andrew Minogue. The Ambassador of the Peoples’ Republic of China, Li Ming, later joined the party at the running track opposite the newly established Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) Academy.
The visit started at the newly constructed SIFF Academy located east of King George School and covered the running tracks opposite the SIFF academy, the national stadium and the newly constructed boys’ and girls’ dormitories at the Kukum Campus of the Solomon Islands National University.
Prime Minister Sogavare was overwhelmed with gratitude to see firsthand the progress so far in the construction of the facilities for the much-anticipated 2023 Pacific Games.
During a lunch recess at the national stadium, the Prime Minister conveyed to the Chinese Ambassador Ming the profound appreciation by the government and people of Solomon Islands for PRC’s assistance in funding the national stadium, the running track and the SINU dormitories.
He conveyed gratitude to the contractor, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC), for building an international standard stadium and also playing an important role in constructing other important infrastructures for the benefit of the country and its people.
President of Pacific Games Council, Mr Lakhan, also expressed profound satisfaction in seeing the Pacific Games facilities preparatory work on track.
Mr Lakhan said it was only in November last year he visited the sites and he was struck with awe now to see the progress well ahead of schedule. Mr Lakhan’s feedback made the Prime Minister to exclaim ‘yes we can do it.’