BY PRIESTLEY HABRU
THE Undersea Submarine Cable is on target for connection and commissioning next year.
This is one of the key economic infrastructure the Rick Houenipwela-led government is facilitating to provide a conducive business environment in the country.
Speaking at the 10th Australia Solomon Islands Business Forum in Brisbane on Wednesday, Prime Minister Houenipwela said the cable will transform and revolutionise communication capability in Solomon Islands.
“The cable will also have a domestic component with links to Auki, Noro and Taro.
He noted that both the Tina Hydro and the Cable projects are ‘game changers’.
“Both will translate to more efficient and cheaper cost of doing business in the country as currently, communication and energy costs in Solomon Islands are amongst the highest in the region, and most possibly in the world.
PM Houenipwela added the government is pursuing other important reform policies and major projects that are geared towards creating a vibrant economy.
“These include tax reform, reviving of Development Bank of Solomon Island and upgrading of Munda to become our second international airport.”
He reiterated that trade also runs on roads.
“And in partnership with Japan, we are developing a four lane road in Honiara from White River to Henderson International Airport. Work on portions of the city road should be completed by the end of the year.
He said the newly developed four lane road will give a facelift to the city and encourage more tourists to visit Solomon Islands.