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25 May 2018

PM confirms 2023 Games support from Taiwan

FUNDING arrangement for the Pacific Games 2023 with Taiwan has been sealed.

This came after Prime Minister Rick Houenipwela successfully negotiated the arrangement with the Taiwanese President during his bilateral talk with President of Taiwan Dr Tsai Ing-Wen this week.

A statement from the Prime Minister Press Secretariat last night said, Prime Minister Houenipwela has confirmed the funding arrangement for the Pacific Games 2023 with President of Taiwan Dr Tsai Ing-Wen.

The statement further added, Taiwan’s president has thrown her Government’s full support for the Games and she was particularly overwhelmed and welcomes the ‘Green Games’ initiative.

“Yes, we have been waiting for this,” President Tsai said.

The President was also impressed with the political will driven by Prime Minister Houenipwela and his Government for making significant progress since assuming office.

This was after the Prime Minister informed President Tsai on the latest progress made in securing land for the main stadium.

Prime Minister Houenipwela and 2023 Pacific Games Sub-Committee chairman Steve Abana also led the delegation to meet with two top constructing companies in Taiwan.

The two companies are Futsu Construction, Ltd and CECI Engineering Consultants Inc.

The Prime Minister and chairman Abana will then return and present a Cabinet paper for Cabinet to endorse any of the two companies that will build the stadium.

Speaking during the presentations, Prime Minister Houenipwela told the company representatives that the PG 2023 Games is an important project for his Government.

He said, land for the main stadium had already been secured.

“This will be the first ever green games in the pacific region and we would like to host a successful and memorable event,” he said.

Abana has also acknowledged the presentations made by the two companies and welcomes the funding arrangement support for the main stadium by the Taiwanese government.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister is expected to make further announcements regarding the PG Games support and also other achievements from his trip to Japan and Taiwan in a press conference upon arrival in Honiara.