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One of the design concepts of a major PG2023 facility project.
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PM Sogavare on PG2023 progress

BY PETER ZOLEVEKE II

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare in his nationwide reiterates his government’s assurance that preparations for the hosting of the Pacific Games 2023 are progressing well ahead.

Sogavare made an update saying that country is on target to complete all the facilities and preparations to successfully host the major regional sporting event.

 “Fellow Solomon Islanders, before I close, allow me to also give you an update on the progress of the Pacific Games 2023.

“My good people, we are on target to complete all the facilities and all our preparations to successfully host the 2023 Pacific Games,” the PM addressed.

 He also made a highlight on the launching of the Government Services Integration Committee last week.

“Last Friday my government achieved another milestone – the launching of a ‘Whole of Government Services Integration Committee’ that will unite the resources of all 24 government ministries to assist the National Hosting Authority to successfully deliver Pacific Games 2023.

 “The ‘whole of Government Services Integration Committee’ is the largest of the 12 committees under the ‘Games Organising Committee’ which is the primary committee responsible for the actual delivery of the games.

 There are four committees under the Games Organising Committee (GOC) headed by Government and 8 headed by the Pacific Games Association [PGA] also known as National Olympic Committee of Solomon Islands [NOCSI].

 The other three Committees headed by the government are (i) Health and Social Services Committee, (ii) Security Committee and (iii) Host City Committee. These 3 committees are also part of the ‘whole of Government Services Integration Committee’.

 He further stressed the importance of collaborative efforts towards the successful delivery of the games.

“The ‘whole of Government Services Integration Committee’ reflects governments ‘many partners, one team, spirit’ which is essential for the successful delivery of the games. It also embodies the theme for the 2023 Pacific Games of – Challenge, Unite and Celebrate.

 “I call on all public servants assigned to this committee to fully commit to this transformational development.

He concludes by saying that hosting of the games will be the most transformational project because it is not only about sports.

“It is about putting in place a new platform for our nation’s development agenda that will leave a legacy that unites our country and our region long into the future. We can do it and we can achieve it if we all work together,” PM Sogavare concludes.

Meanwhile, Sol2023 National Hosting Authority Chairman Dr Jimmie Rodgers made the announcement last week that the Solomon Island National Sport Institution (SINIS) will be the first facility to complete and open in April this year.

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