PM DEPARTS TO SUPPORT BID FOR 2023 PACIFIC GAMES

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    Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare will leave for the Vanuatu capital Port Vila tomorrow, Tuesday 10th May to join the Deputy Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Maelanga and his delegation in Port Vila for the submission of Solomon Islands bid to host the 2023 Pacific Games.

    The Prime Minister’s delegation includes Madam Emmy Sogavare, Deputy Secretary to the Prime Minister, Mr Derek Futaiasi, Protocol Officer from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Mr Philip Fafe, Executive Personal Secretary to the Prime Minister, Ms Suzie Wale, Press Secretary to the Prime Minister, Ms Deli Oso and two Close Protection Police Officers.

    Hon Maelanga and his delegation consisting of the Minister for Provincial Government and Institutional Strengthening, Hon David Tome, Leader of Opposition, Hon Jeremiah Manele, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Mr George Palua and Assistant Accountant General, Ms Merelyn Kodoleke left for Port Vila last Saturday, 7th May ahead of the Prime Minister and his delegation to promote Solomon Islands bid ahead of the bid submission.

    The Solomon Islands bid will be submitted by the National Olympic of Solomon Islands (NOCSI) as a member of the Pacific Games Council and the presence of the Opposition Leader alongside the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Provincial Government and Institutional Strengthening is a show of unison at Solomon Islands highest political level for the bringing of the 2023 Pacific Games to Solomon Islands.

    The Pacific Games bid selection involves voting on bids by the 22 Member Countries of the Pacific Games Council. The other bid contender for the 2023 Pacific Games is French Polynesia (Tahiti).

    Prime Minister Sogavare announced in May this year during a function hosted for the Pacific Games Council President, Mr Vidhya Lakhan and

    Pacific Games Council Executive Director Andrew Minogue during their visit to Honiara for the evaluation of Solomon Islands potential to host the games that he has secured SBD$277-Million from overseas for the construction of a new sports stadium in Honiara. Further to that the Solomon Islands Government under the leadership of the Democratic Coalition for
    Change Government has approved annual budgetary allocations for the establishment of additional sporting facilities in support of the bid by NOCSI and the general development of sports infrastructures in the country.

    The Prime Minister and his delegation will arrive back in Honiara next Monday, 16th May.