20 Mar 2016

Solomon Islands PM says new stadium on the way

5:35 pm on 20 March 2016

The Solomon Islands Government says it's likely to receive $35.2 million US dollars to build a new stadium in Honiara.

Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare

Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare Photo: RNZI

The Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare, says the move is part of a bid to secure the 2023 Pacific Games.

He says the country is more than ready to host the event, however he admitted the funding source and the arrangements are not set in stone and he will soon travel overseas to clinch the deal.

Mr Sogavare says each year his Government will allocate funds in the annual budget to work towards

its Sports Infrastructure Development Programme.

Mr Sogavare was speaking at an event attended by visitors from the Pacific Games Council, including its President, Vidhya Lakhan, and the Executive Director, Andrew Minogue.