PM lauds NZ support in aviation sector

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PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare has acknowledged the Government and people of New Zealand for their continuous support in the aviation sector.

The Prime Minister said New Zealand has continued to support Solomon Islands in connecting its people through the aviation sector.

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Prime Minister Sogavare made these comments in Taro, Choiseul province during a briefing by the New Zealand High Commissioner H.E Georgina Roberts on the planned Taro airport upgrade.

“I commend New Zealand as the aviation sector is an important sector in the country which will continue to link the country and our people,” he said.

The Prime Minister said this strategic approach would provide connectivity, which will bring a lot of potential to the people in this country.

“It is an important infrastructure for Solomon Islands which will continue to boost tourism and high quality investments,” he said.

The Prime Minister also reiterated the Government’s gratitude in the upgrading of the Munda airport.

He said Munda airport is the country’s second international airport.

“It contributes to the country’s economic growth, improve inter-island connectivity by air, create employment and increase revenue from the tourism sector,” he said.

The New Zealand High Commissioner was part of the delegation that attended the opening of the Taro Cable Landing Station on Monday this week.

The New Zealand High Commissioner used the opportunity to brief the Prime Minister, Finance Minister Hon Harry Kuma, Communications & Aviation Minister Hon Peter Shanel and the Choiseul Province Premier Hon Watson Qoloni on the detailed designs of the Taro airfield upgrade project.

Funding for the project is still to be confirmed.

She said precondition work has commenced and is progressing very well.

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