The Government have signed an agreement with the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, CCECC. This is for the Maritime Component of the Land and Maritime Connectivity Project, LMCP. Permanent Secretaries of Finance and Infrastructure signed the document on behalf of the government of Solomon Islands. The Maritime Component will see the rehabilitation of the old Honiara International Port and construction of the Honiara Domestic Port and two provincial ports – one in Kirakira, Makira province and the other in Aganga in Renbel province. The Maritime component is part of the USD170 million secured with the Asian Development Bank, ADB. Through the international tender process overseen by the ADB, CCECC was awarded a contract in mid, 2022, and the land component and contract was signed in 2022. Preparatory work on the land component has commenced. The land component includes improvement of the existing 4-lane road, from the Central market through to White River, as well as the 2-lane road from the Honiara International Airport to Mberande. Once complete, the project will contribute to a more efficient, safer and sustainable transport system that will improve access to education, health, and social service facilities as well as offering increased opportunities to local businesses and general improvement in the overall wellbeing of the people of the Solomon Islands. The Ministry of Infrastructure Development will be the key implementing agency of the project.
Source: OPMC Press Secretariat