Donor supported projects under the Ministry of Infrastructure & Development (MID) are gradually progressing despite the pandemic.

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare highlighted this during his nation-wide address on Monday this week.

He said the donor-supported projects included the Sustainable Transport Infrastructure Investment Projects, Transport Sector Project Design Facility, Greater Honiara Transport Plan, and the Kukum Highway Phase 2 preparatory survey works, Solomon Islands Roads and Aviation Projects and the Community Access & Urban Services Enhancement Component.

The Prime Minister said these are projects supported by our donor partners for bridges, wharves, airports and roads here in Honiara and around the provinces.

“One of the flagship projects under this sector, the Kukum Highway Phase 2 has experienced very slow progress because of the pandemic. Nevertheless, the feasibility study report and detail design have been completed and the consultants are working from Japan to finalise the survey report because of the travel restrictions,” he said.

The Prime Minister said the Kukum Highway project includes a 4-lane road from the Ministry of Fisheries to the Lunga Bridge and a two-lane road from Lunga Bridge to the Henderson Domestic Airport.

“Most of these infrastructure projects are either progressing on a snail pace or have been delayed because of the current situation,” he said.

The Prime Minister said the Government together with donor partners are fully committed in ensuring these projects are completed.

Source: OPMC