EDITORIAL- Time to get the stadium project done

WORK on the main stadium for the 2023 Pacific Games in Honiara will start soon.

Funders, the Peoples Republic of China, announced this week the contractor has been identified.

China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) has won the bid to build the stadium.

CCECC are not new to Solomon Islands.

They’ve done work here in the past, including the government-funded sports training facility at the old Telekom recreational ground, which is in the final stages of completion.

CCECC has exactly two years to complete the multi-million dollar stadium before the games kick off in mid 2023.

Two years is not a lot of time.

But China has assured the nation the stadium will be ready before the games kick off.

That means the Government will have to play an active facilitative role in the whole project to ensure speedy construction.

This is a project of huge scale that is set to transform the face of Honiara at its completion.

Not only that but its financial impact on the economy will be significant.

Already, CCECC says it will recruit more than 200 locals to work on the project.

Chinese ambassador Li Ming says the stadium will become a symbol of profound friendship between China and Solomon Islands.

Politics aside, let’s embrace the stadium project.

Enough of negative and empty talking!

Funding for the project are already there.

The contractor has been identified.

2023 is not a long way off.

It’s time to get the project done.

It’s our stadium!

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