1 Jun 2004

Taiwan says it's willing to discuss new framework with Solomon Islands

12:53 pm on 1 June 2004

Taiwan says it is willing to discuss a proposed new framework between it and Solomon Islands.

A counsellor at the embassy in Honiara, Michael Shih, was responding to a Foreign Relations Committee report that a framework should be set up to replace an existing agreement signed six years ago.

The committee also stated that it would like greater investment in Solomon Islands.

Mr Shih says first there needs to be an improvement in infrastructure, including basic communications, a reliable power supply and a resolution of land and ownership issues.

But, he says Taiwan is willing to discuss a new agreement.

"Up to now, we haven't received any proposal from the Solomon Islands government. We are quite open if they propose any new framework to us. We are waiting to talk and discuss with them."

Michael Shih.

Taiwan is one of the three largest donor partners in terms of the financial assistance it offers the country.