Prime Minister Dr Derek Sikua on Friday has expressed gratitude towards the International Donor Community for their ongoing support and understanding of Solomon Islands development needs.

In particular, the Prime Minister sincerely acknowledged the International Donor Community for their various assistances during these tough financial and economic times even when developed countries suffered from the crisis.

"In these very tough economic times, we sincerely acknowledge and appreciate their kind assistance, even though they themselves are also affected by the Global Economic Crisis. We ask for their continued support and understanding during these difficult economic times," Dr Sikua said.

The Coalition for National Unity and Rural Advancement (CNURA) Government since assuming office has worked to restore the credibility and regained the trust and confidence of our development partners and neighbours.

Dr Sikua said there is now a lot of goodwill and confidence demonstrated by our partners towards our endeavors to develop Solomon Islands.

"The expanded presence of UN agencies and the recent establishment of World Bank, ADB and IFC country offices in our country is a manifestation of their serious commitment to assist the Solomon Islands Government in its peace building and economic recovery activities".

"The Government is fully cognizant of the importance of our priorities and needs to be adequately reflected and accommodated in the programmes and projects of these agencies" the Prime Minister said.

The Government is also grateful for the continuing and indications of increased assistance from its traditional bilateral development partners including the Republic of China, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

"It is heartening to learn and witness the launching and handing over of various micro projects - either school buildings or clinics by our donor partners. Government will continue to work closely with all development partners in the spirit of genuine partnership and mutual cooperation" Dr Sikua said.

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