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Vow to host Pacific Games
06:02 am GMT+12, 27/07/2020, Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare says he is committed to see the successful delivery of the 2023 Pacific Games.
 
The Prime Minister highlighted this when delivering his speech at the official opening of the 2023 Pacific Games office in Honiara last week.
 
“I as the minister responsible for delivering the successful 2023 Pacific Games and as the prime minister that has fought hard to bring the Games to our country, I am committed to secure and allocate the funds agreed to by the government in a timely manner to ensure the NHA can deliver the games on time,” he said.
 
Prime Minister Sogavare said that his government is committed to do everything possible to deliver a successful 2023 Pacific Games. 
 
“The 2023 Pacific Games is the government’s flagship project,” he said. 
 
The Prime Minister said the 2023 Pacific Games is a catalyst to unite this country through sports.
 
“To be able to do this, we ask the host city and the host province to partner closely with the government to ensure the Games, leave a lasting legacy in our country,” he said.
 
Sogavare said the government has plans in place to boost preparation of our athletes to win more medals at the Games.
 
“Our sports men and women must aim high and prepare to compete for every medal at the 2023 Pacific Games. We must increase our standing,’” he said.
 
The prime minister said despite the setbacks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the government has continued to deliver in its preparation for the 2023 Pacific games.
 
“My government will look at our financing capacity within the constraint posed by the COVID-19 pandemic on our economy, to ensure our commitment to the region and to the Pacific Games Council is steadfast and firm,” he said.
 
The new PG 2023 office is located at the old Sea King Restaurant premise
 
Sogavare said the office will be the home of the National Hosting Authority and its partners - the Games Organising Committee, the Facilities Committee, the National Sports Council, and the Cabinet Subcommittee for the 2023 Pacific Games, a statement from . 
 
The Prime Minister said together they embody the theme – ‘Many Partners and one Team’, for Solomon Islands.
 
He said in exactly 1,089 days from yesterday the first activity of the 2023 Pacific Games will take place in this beautiful country.
 
“Together, they will not rest over the next 1,089 days to ensure all preparations are completed prior to the Games. Most importantly, they will ensure our country will deliver the best Pacific Games ever and also ensure that we achieve the best-ever performance from our athletes to reach the highest-ever medals tally for our country,” he said.
 
The Prime Minister said the office is and will continue to be the nerve-centre for the successful delivery of the 2023 Pacific Games.
 
He took the time to thank the Chairman and the members of the NHA Board and his Secretariat team for the excellent work the NHA, together with its partners, Pacific Games Council, the National Olympic Committee of Solomon Islands and National Sports Council of Solomon Islands have undertaken.
 
“We are currently 1,089 days from the 2023 Pacific Games,” he said.
 
Sogavare said he is comforted by the thought that compared to previous Pacific Games, the country is ahead in its preparations 3 years out from the Games at this point in time. 
 
However, the prime minister said; “we must not be complacent.” 
 
He added the biggest challenge is for government’s ability to live up to its financial commitment to fund the Games.
 
Therefore, Sogavare said as the minister responsible for delivering the 2023 Pacific Games and as the prime minister that has fought hard to bring the Games to the country, he is committed to secure and allocate the funds agreed to by the government in a timely manner to ensure the NHA can deliver the Games.
 
He also thanked all the development partners that have joined the government on this journey including the governments of the People’s Republic of China, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, New Zealand, Japan, and United Kingdom.

SOURCE: SOLOMON STAR/PACNEWS


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