$3.3 MILLION SOLOMONS PARLIAMENT PROJECT ON TRACK

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$600,000 Taiwan grant adds to tally

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, June 15, 2011) - The ongoing Solomon Islands Parliament Members’ office complex construction has received yet another Taiwanese grant of US$600,000 [SBD$4.1 million] yesterday.

This was delivered to Prime Minister Hon. Danny Philip by Taiwanese chargé d’affaires Mr. Ben Wang at the Prime Minister’s Office.

The project, which is well under way, has received three previous payments adding up to US$2,595,000 out of a total construction cost of US$3,325,395.

The construction has progressed well on schedule reaching its forth milestone payment in May 2011, hence the tranche was made.

In the grant handover jointly witnessed by both PMO and ROC Embassy staff, Hon. Philip thanked the ROC government’s supportive commitment and honoured the contract in channeling the tranche to the contractor Overseas Engineering Construction Company.

Mr Wang also commended the Taiwanese contractor OECC’s efficiency, noting the world-class quality of the near-completing parliamentarians’ office will best showcase Taiwan’s ‘can-do’ spirit and bear an everlasting emblem of friendship between Taiwan and Solomon Islands.

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