Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has met the visiting President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Mr Takehiko Nakao in Honiara on Tuesday 22 August 2017.

At the meeting, the two leaders discussed areas of common interests, including, ways to progress sustainable development in Solomon Islands.

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare acknowledged the development assistance programmes by ADB in Solomon Islands, notably, its support in transport infrastructure, climate change and ADB’s interest to support the country’s tourism sector.

During his 5 day-visit, President Nakao will discuss ADB’s assistance program with senior government officials and other development partners and visit ADB-supported projects.

He will view some of the latest achievements of the ADB supported Transport Sector Flood Recovery Project and visit the University of the South Pacific campus in Honiara.

The President will also deliver an address to the Prime Minister and Cabinet Ministers this Thursday.

Prime Minister Sogavare and President Nakao are expected to visit ADB-funded bridges in North-East Guadalcanal as well as taking part in a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction of the University of South Pacific Campus in Honiara.

 ADB has been working with Solomon Islands since 1973 and has approved 19 loan projects amounting to $123.42 million, 15 grant projects totaling $160.52 million, and 75 technical assistance projects totaling $31.2 million.

Source: PMO

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