THE new Ministry of Finance and Treasury building was officially opened on Friday, 4 December by the Honourable Minister for Finance and Treasury, Snyder Rini, and the Australian High Commissioner to the Solomon Islands, Andrew Byrne.
The building’s modern well-equipped workspace will allow for improved workflows and customer services to the public, and more spacious offices will improve staff comfort and productivity.
The building cost approximately SBD 76 million and has been co-financed by the Solomon Islands and Australian government. Australia has contributed over 80 percent of the total project cost.
The building has been designed by James Cubit Architect, and built by Fletcher Kwaimani. It has created jobs and developed skills for workers of many local construction firms.
Speaking at the opening, Minister Rini said that this new building is an important step in the provision of office accommodation for Ministry staff to carry out their daily duties, in a modern and efficient working environment.
Minister Rini thanked the Government of Australia and people of Australia for the support and funding of this very important building project. “This shows our countries’ good relationship and the Government of Australia’s commitment to support Solomon Islands Government’s infrastructure development aspirations.”
High Commissioner Byrne said “To me, this building is a symbol of the good relationship between Australia and the Solomon Islands. Our ongoing joint work in economic reform, debt management, budget, public financial management, IT, and payment and procurement shows the breadth and depth of our relationship.”
The new building is located between the former Ministry of Finance and Treasury building and the seaside. Ministry of Finance and Treasury staff have completed their move into the new building, and the public can now make payment transactions at the building’s ground floor.
Source: OPMC press