TAIWAN GIVES SOLOMONS $120,400 FOR BOAT

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Funds to go to Choiseul province

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, May 10, 2010) - ROC (Taiwan) Ambassador H.E. Geroge Chan, has formally release SB$1 million [US$120,400] project funding to support Choiseul Province to purchase new transportation ship to Prime Minister, Hon Dr. Derek Sikua last week.

In a statement ROC Ambassador said, shipping service is very important to people and development in Solomon Islands, he added said the ROC funding to the project demonstrates ROC (Taiwan) Government firm and sincere commitment to the development of rural areas in Solomon Islands.

Wherefore Ambassador said such funding support demonstrated accountability and transparency of Taiwan funding towards the development needs of Solomon Islands.

Meanwhile Choiseul Province Provincial Secretary, Mr. John Tabepuda added said, in late 1980s Choiseul Province government saw shipping endeavor as important set in developing and encouraging economic and entrepreneurial activity in the Province.

Choiseul province bought the first ship, MV Lauru 1, he added said, whiles as business and economic activity in the province has reached a point where demand for shipping services and capacity has overtaken the supply of Lauru 1 shipping capacity.

Choiseul Provincial government has to seek financial assistance to purchase an additional ship; therefore he said with the support given, it would help so much for the province to further boost its shipping service.

And to provide service for people in the Province as well as in our country Solomon Islands.

Meanwhile Choiseul Province Provincial Secretary on behalf of the Government and the people of Choiseul Province thank ROC (Taiwan) Government for the support rendered to the Province.

Also Prime Minister Dr. Derek Sikua added said Solomon Islands is scattered and shipping is the economic and transportation lifeline for all Provinces and people in Solomon Islands.

He said with the support rendered by Taiwan to purchase ship for Choiseul Province, would help to keep link Choiseul Province with other Provinces to National Capital, Honiara and the National Government.

Meanwhile Prime Minister also acknowledges ROC (Taiwan) Government for their continuing assistance towards our country development endeavors

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