Australia’s flagship Solomon Islands Infrastructure Program (SIIP) has signed a Memorandum of  Understanding with the Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) in May to support the upgrade of the  country’s second largest port in Noro, Western Province. 

SIIP will deliver a detailed design to increase the capacity and efficiency of Noro Port which  processes both domestic and international shipping, including passenger, freight and fishing fleets. 

SIPA CEO Eranda Kotelawala said the current SIPA wharf in Noro could not accommodate larger  vessels nor increased shipping demands.  

“The new design, to be overseen by SIPA and implemented by SIIP, will ensure Noro can meet the  future shipping needs of Solomon Islands for many years to come.” 

“A good quality design will help us take Noro Port to the next level.” 

The SBD8.5 million (AUD1.48 million) project was approved by SIIP’s joint Australia-Solomon Islands  Steering Committee in March 2022, with the design expected to be completed by July 2023. 

SIIP co-Chair, Secretary to the Prime Minister Dr Jimmie Rodgers, said “Ultimately, this project  addresses Solomon Islands’ connectivity and long-term prosperity and is the first step toward the  government’s comprehensive national transport core initiative”. 

“Increasing port capacity and speeding up both passenger and freight processing times will increase our ability to export tuna to lucrative international markets, among other things, and help to unlock  our sustainable natural resources for the benefit of all Solomon Islanders.” 

The detailed designs will be a critical step for SIPA in attracting the international investment required  to finance such a major port upgrade. 

Australian High Commissioner to Solomon Islands, and SIIP co-Chair, Dr Lachlan Strahan said through  SIIP, Australia was supporting immediate national priorities and long-term, inclusive national  development. 

“SIIP is focused on helping Solomon Islands harness the economic potential of both its human and  natural resources to build a stronger economy,” Dr Strahan said. 

“Island nations, like Australia and Solomon Islands, need efficient and effective ports to connect  people and goods, locally and to international markets.” 

Funded by Australia, SIIP is a ten-year SBD1.5 billion partnership between Australia and Solomon  Islands to plan, deliver and manage economic infrastructure to increase economic growth. SIIP is  working with national and provincial governments, and industry. 

Source link

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.