By Taromane Martin
Solomon Islands-based Chinese Construction Company, the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation [CCECC] has been awarded the contract to build the seven China Funded facilities for the 2023 Pacific Games in Honiara.
People’s Republic of China Ambassador to the Solomon Islands, His Excellency Li Ming made the announcement yesterday during a press conference at the Prime Minister’s Office in Honiara.
Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare thanked the PRC government for their wisdom in selecting CCECC, saying his government is confident CCECC will get the job done in time for the Pacific Games.
“Allow me first to convey my sincere gratitude to the Government of the People’s Republic of China for their wisdom in selecting a successful; company that already has a footprint in Solomon Islands as its contractor for this ground-breaking project.
“Secondly, allow me to congratulate the CCECC through Mr Huang for winning the right to build the 2023 Pacific Games stadiums project.
“Your Excellency, the wisdom of your government’s decision has already proven itself, because I understand that CCECC has already mobilized to build its administration and extra accommodation facilities for the construction of the stadiums.
“This is something that would not have been possible if a non- resident company was selected. Excellency, I am now greatly confident that the construction period of 24 months commencing 1 May 2021 through to 31 May 2023 will be met, because the contractor has already started the preparatory work,” he adds.
The PM said the government through the National Hosting Authority will do all it can to ensure the construction of this project proceeds smoothly so that we can achieve the 31st of May 2023 handover date.
“Now to Mr Huang of CCECC, my government is confident that CCECC will be able to complete 2023 Pacific Games project on time by 31 May 2023, on budget, and to an extremely high standard.
“Excellency, this is an extremely high priority project for my government and for the people of Solomon Islands.
“We look forward to welcoming the first contingent of your engineers on 11th April 2021. Excellency, we also look forward to the Ground-Breaking ceremony on Wednesday 5th May 2021.
Sogavare said the ground-breaking ceremony will further consolidate the relationship between Solomon Islands and China and will mark the start of the 24-months journey for the construction of all elements of the 2023 Pacific games stadium projects.
“Excellency let me close by once again expressing my sincere gratitude to the President, the Government, and the people of the People’s Republic of China for supporting my government and the people of Solomon Islands with facilities that will enable us to host the 2023 Pacific Games successfully,” he adds.
CCECC was represented yesterday afternoon by their country Manager, Mr Huang.
Meanwhile the seven projects for the 2023 Pacific Games is one of the largest infrastructure projects to be funded and built by the People’s Republic of China in any of PRCs partner Pacific Island country.
The seven infrastructures that will be built by CCECC include:
i. A 10,000-seat national stadium which includes 1,000 VIP seats,
ii. An Aquatic center hosting a 50-meter competition pool, and a 25-meter training pool,
iii. A six-court tennis center
iv. A full-sized training track and field with a full-sized soccer/ rugby field
v. A 90 meters by 50 meters multi-purpose hall
vi. A 5-aside competition hockey field
vii. A double story food court and office space building for the