The Resident Representative of the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in Solomon Islands, Kyoji Mizutani has pledged continuous support to Solomon Islands as the country takes charge of a new International seaport facility funded by the Government of Japan.

JICA is a Japanese governmental agency that coordinates Official Development Assistance (ODA) for the Government of Japan.

At the opening of Honiara’s newest International Seaport funded by the Japanese Government through the Japanese ODA, Mr Mizutani said, “With the view of supporting the Pacific Island countries in their endeavor at overcoming their vulnerabilities, JICA has been extending a wide range of cooperation in priority areas, namely environment and climate change, disaster management, waste management, education, health, and infrastructure.

“In line with such JICA’s assistant strategy, the new facilities of Honiara International Port are constructed in an aim to improve maritime traffic infrastructure- an important lifeline in Solomon Islands.

“I promise hereby to continue our effort to support the people of Solomon Islands.”

He said the Grant Agreement for the project for the Improvement of Honiara Port Facilities project was signed in May 2014 and the amount of the grant was SBD$190-Million.

The new international seaport facility consists of an international wharf with a 150metre berth, expansion and pavement of the container yard and installation of various accessories including water supply, lightings and beacons.