The Japanese Ambassador to Solomon Islands, His Excellency Kenichi Kimiya said Japan is delighted to work with the Solomon Islands Government to further develop infrastructures in Solomon Islands.
The Ambassador made the remarks last night at a function hosted by the Japanese Embassy in Honiara to celebrate the 83rd Birthday of Emperor Akihito of Japan.
He said Through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), two major infrastructure projects have been implemented in Solomon Islands.
These are the Honiara Port Improvement Project which has been completed and handed over to Solomon Islands this year and the Kukum Highway Upgrading Project which is currently under construction. The road improvement project is expected to be completed in 2018.
Ambassador Kimiya said these projects are a symbolic token of the friendship between Japan and Solomon Islands and added that, “We are very delightful to work together with the Government of Solomon Islands for further development of infrastructure in this country.”
On that note he requested the assistance and cooperation of all stakeholders to ‘facilitate’ the smooth implementation of the ‘big’ project (Kukum Highway Upgrading Project)
Ambassador Kimiya said as the first resident Ambassador of Japan to Solomon Islands since the upgrade of the Japanese diplomatic mission to a fully-fledged embassy earlier this year, he will ensure even better quality services to the Government and people of Solomon Islands.
Turning to the issue of world peace and prosperity, he said since the end of World War II, Japan has made sound contributions to world peace and prosperity as a peace-loving nation believing in the common value such as freedom, democracy, basic human rights and the rule of law.
He said with her determination for peace, Japan has accelerated the recovery of remains of war dead throughout the South Pacific region including Solomon Islands.
“The day after tomorrow, the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force escort ship Takanami will enter to Honiara port to take the remains back to Japan.”
Ambassador Kimiya also expressed gratitude for the support rendered towards this project by the Solomon Islands Government and people and looks forward to similar assistance in the future.
The ambassador also used the occasion to announce that Japan will host a follow-up meeting on the 7th Pacific Allies Leaders’ Meeting (PALM7) in Hiroshima, Japan, early next year.
He said the meeting is to discuss the issues of strengthening the partnership between Japan and Pacific Island Countries, including the Solomon Islands.
Ambassador Kimiya said PALM 7 which was held in the Japanese city Fukushima successfully concluded with the adoption of a Declaration that Japan and Pacific Island countries would continue to enhance their strong partnership to deal with challenging areas such as disaster risk reduction, environment and climate change, and sustainable development.