The Republic of China (Taiwan) has released close to $8.7million in funding support to aid a number of projects and relief effort in the country.
A statement from the Prime Ministers Press Secretariat said the funding support will cater for earthquake relief assistance, the National Referral Hospital and solar power projects.
These projects include;
– a sum of SBD$398,089.17 towards relief assistance for the earthquake- stricken people of Makira-Ulawa Province and southern region of Malaita Province;
– a sum of SBD$6,005,173.88 for infrastructure projects for the National Referral Hospital and;
– a total sum of SBD$2,250,477.70 for solar-power systems for the Kumanibae Development Centre of East Choiseul Constituency and Tiparere Development Centre of West New George/Vonavona Constituency.
The Taiwanese Ambassador to Solomon Islands, His Excellency Victor Te-sun Yu on Friday handed over the letters confirming the transfer of the funds to Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare.
The funds were wired from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to the Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI).
The Prime Minister, in receiving the letters, said the various funding support speaks of the firm and cordial relationship between the two countries and the latter’s ongoing commitment to assist Solomon Islands in its time of need.
“The assistance came just at the right time and will certainly make a positive difference in the lives of Solomon Islanders.”
He said the funding towards relief efforts for the earthquake-affected people will certainly help alleviate their situation following the disaster.
PM said, the funding towards infrastructure projects of the National Referral Hospital will particularly be used for the hospital’s carpark project.
“This is an important undertaking in light of the reduced carpark space at the National Referral Hospital.”
Half of the hospital’s carpark space now accommodates the Regional Eye Centre building.
As for the solar system assistance, the Prime Minister said this funding will light up the two recipient constituencies and help towards invigorating development.