The Taiwanese Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr David Tawai Lee said Taipei will work with Honiara to ensure the latter’s successful hosting of the 2023 Pacific Games.

The assurance was given to Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare when they met in Taipei last night prior to a dinner banquet he hosted for the visiting Prime Minister and his delegation.

The eight-day state visit was made at the invitation of the Taiwanese Government.

During the meeting, which was attended by the entire membership of the Prime Minister’s delegation, Prime Minister Sogavare told his host that his Democratic Coalition for Change Government is now working on the concept paper for funding of the main stadium for the games for submission to Taipei and specific talks on this project should be held shortly between the two governments. This concept paper will include the facility design and costing.

He said his government ‘must’ construct sporting facilities that Solomon Islands can be able to continue using and looking after in the long run.

The Taiwanese Foreign Minister in turn congratulated Solomon Islands for its successful bid to host the premier pacific regional games and added that, “Certainly as a true friend of Solomon Islands, we will work with you to ensure a successful 2023 Pacific Games.”

He said it was very brave of Solomon Islands to compete with French Polynesia to bid for the games, adding that Taiwan has had a very humble beginning too like Solomon Islands before gradually developing to its current state.