BY BEN BILUA
SOLOMON Islands and Taiwan have agreed to work hand in hand in the fight against climate change.
The agreement is stamped in the signing of an MOU for meteorological cooperation by Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare and Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen yesterday in Cabinet.
Speaking during her visit to Parliament, President Tsai said Taiwan and Solomon Islands are now facing the challenges of global climate change.
She said both Taiwan and Solomon Islands will be affected considerably and that cooperation is needed.
“Both Taiwan and Solomon Islands will be affected considerably.
“This demands a close cooperation if we are to turn this challenge into opportunities.
“We must do our outmost best to raise the quality of life to people in the region and work jointly to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals,” President Tsai said.
She said the journey to mitigate climate change issues begins now and an example is the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding for meteorological cooperation which was signed by the Prime Minister and President of Taiwan yesterday.
President Tsai emphasised that the MOU will boost the country’s meteorological system to monitor climate change.
She add that the MOU will enable Solomon Islands and Taiwan find the connection between climate and dengue fever which would in turn boost efforts to prevent mosquito-related diseases in the country.
President Tsai said Taiwan is anticipated to provide Solomon Islands green energy related storage facilities through Taiwan cooperation and development fund and other official development assistance mechanism that will be launched today.
She said the goal is to build a more stable and sustainable electric power system for Solomon Islands.
President Tsai said Taiwan’s government will continues to work closely with Solomon Islands to mitigate the threats of climate change.