The Peoples Republic of China (PRC) Ambassador Li Ming today announced that China will provide 22 vehicles for the RSIPF amongst others worth $22m.
Speaking during the demonstration of the joint police training between the PRC and Solomon Islands, Ming outlined his country’s support to the RSIPF.
In acknowledging the gifts, Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare said thanked China for the support.
“I also acknowledge and appreciate the 22 police vehicles, 30 motorcycles, 2 police water cannons, 8 police drones and advanced CPP equipment which are valued at $SBD22 m that will arrive in the country soon,” said Sogavare.
He said the equipment will greatly assist the RSIPF and CSSI.
Meanwhile Sogavare said: “Whilst we have MOUs (between PRC and SI) in place, I think it is prudent that Solomon Islands and the Peoples Republic of China start discussion on how we can elevate the current joint training arrangement to a more permanent arrangement with clearly defined expected outcomes which aim at ensuring that RSIPF and CSSI have capability in the long term.”