THE GOVERNOR of Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) has congratulated the country’s bidding team, for a successful effort to host the Pacific Games in 2023.
Mr Rarawa made the credit, when speaking at the CBSI’s 2015 Annual Report launch event in Honiara yesterday.
“Just last week, the Solomon Islands delegation led by the Honourable Prime Minister convinced the Pacific Games Council for Solomon Islands to host the 2023 Pacific Games.
“Congratulations Team Solomon Islands and all those people that worked tirelessly behind the scene to make our bid a successful one,” Mr Rarawa said.
Mr Rarawa was speaking on the theme “Rebalancing Growth to Open up New Opportunities”.
He said, sports is a growing industry and good sporting infrastructure can open up new opportunities. As a sports fan, he said he is already looking forward to the 2023 Pacific Games in Honiara.
“The opportunities this event will bring are huge.
“It could potentially generate a lot of economic activities in the medium term.
“In order to achieve maximum benefits from the Games, we need to properly plan for it.
“As the event is only in seven (7) years, we need to start immediately,” he said.
The Governor stated, not only do we need to start building the necessary infrastructures now but we also need to start training the many people, especially volunteers to man the events now.
“By starting early, we would avoid ‘last minute’ preparations.
“I hope we have learnt lessons from the 2012 Festival of Pacific Art,” he added.
By RONALD TOITO’ONA