BY BEN BILUA
SOLOMON Islands has expressed its interest to host the Region’s proposed World Class Tropical Research Ocean Centre.
Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare made the announcement during the signing of Maritime Agreement between Solomon Islands and Fiji.
Sogavare says Solomon Islands is willing to allocate land and offer support towards the construction of the research centre.
He adds that Solomon Islands is with other Pacific Island countries in the fight to combat issues that threatens the Blue Pacific.
“The Pacific region is in shaping the international convention as we celebrate the 51th anniversary of the Pacific Islands Forum.
“Global work to combat climate change, and keep our ocean vibrant and healthy is not only our duty, but calling as well.
“Moving the tuna away from our wards will need leaders to come together to develop a sustainable ocean economy, exploring farmed of Maritime culture products, Solomon Islands supports the call for a regional world class Tropical Research ocean centre and Solomon registered its interest to host the Centre,” Sogavare says.