17 Jun 2005

Solomons pleased at funding commitment by Japan

4:27 pm on 17 June 2005

A Solomon Islands government spokesman says it's pleased with a sizeable boost in aid from Japan agreed to in the first bilateral aid talks between the countries this week.

Japan is increasing its aid to the Solomons to more than 39 million US dollars this year, following a lower level of funding related to the years of civil unrest.

Japan's also reactivating a technical assistance programme to the Solomons.

The director of the Solomons' Government Communications Unit, Alfred Maesulia, says the Minister in charge of the talks was pleased at the outcome.

"The Minister for Planning Development and Aid Coordination, Fred Fono, said that he was very pleased with the Japanese assistance because he said that the ODA, or the Overseas Development Assistance of Japan, hasn't got any ceiling to its funding, so it means that Solomon Islands Government can request for more funding in any of these projects if it wants."

Alfred Maesulia.