The Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to Solomon Islands, His Excellency Roger Luo visited the Malaita Provincial Capital, Auki, from 3rd May to 4th May and exchanged views with Hon Premier Peter Ramohia on the development aspiration of Malaita Province.
Ambassador LUO and his team paid a courtesy call to the Hon. Premier at the Provincial Government on the first day of their visit. Hon Ramohia highlighted agriculture and fishery as the two most important business sectors in Malaita that require further assistance from donor partners. Ambassador Luo in turn pledged to work together with both the Central Government in Honiara and Malaita Provincial Government to address the aspirations raised by the Premier. He also took this opportunity to present in-kind donation including solar lamps, tooth brushes and soccer balls to the Provincial Government.
The two parties also visited Adalua Sub-Station of Taiwan Technical Mission (TTM) where Ambassador LUO requested Hon Ramohia’s assistance to facilitate a long-term leasing contract between Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock and local land owners for the Sub-Station, so that it can offer more assistance to the local farmers. It is noteworthy that TTM’s Adalua Sub-Station has successfully helped 57 farmers/schools to boost their livelihood in the past two years, even in the absence of a long-term leasing contract for the land it has been operating at.
Ambassador Luo emphasised that much more can be achieved if the land issue can be solved as soon as possible, while visiting local farmers who have been working with the Sub-Station.
He also suggested that the Provincial Government properly organize the farmers so that they can share experiences with fellow Malaitans.
Hon Ramohia pledged his full support to solving the land issue as soon as possible and to organizing a Malaita Taiwan Farmers’ Association (MTFA) for the aforementioned purpose in the near future
They went on to jointly present twenty bags of fresh produce from TTM’s Sub-Station to Kilu’ufi Hospital to help ease the Hospital’s heavy burden of feeding its patients and their families.
Media Release by the Taiwanese Embassy.