TAIWAN TO PAY FOR SOLOMONS PARLIAMENT OFFICES

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$2.7 million complex to adjoin National Parliament

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (SIBC, Nov. 12, 2009) - Taiwan is providing millions of dollars for the construction of an office complex to house offices of members of parliament in Solomon Islands.

Ambassador George Chan this morning signed a financing agreement with Solomon Islands prime Minister Dr Derek Sikua at Parliament House.

The office complex will be constructed at the National Parliament compound at Vavaya Ridge in Honiara, at a cost of more than SB$20 million [US$2.7 million].

Taiwan's Ambassador to Solomon Islands Mr. Chan says the request was initiated by Speaker of the National Parliament Sir Peter Kenilorea, pursued by former Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare and came to fruition during the term of Dr Derek Sikua as Prime Minister.

Mr. Chan says he is pleased that the project will now go ahead.

In response, Prime Minister Dr Derek Sikua says the government and people of Solomon Islands are grateful for the continuous assistance from the government and people of Taiwan.

He assures Taiwan that the office complex will greatly assist the work of members of parliament

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