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PM Dr Sikua Pleased With Taiwanese Assistance

Prime Minister Dr Sikua Pleased With Taiwanese Assistance

Prime Minister Dr Derek Sikua expressed gratitude towards the Government of Taiwan for its continuing support to rural communities in Solomon Islands.

Taiwanese Ambassador H.E George Chan has formally released the first payment of the "2008 Constituency and Rural Development Fund", which includes RCDF, Micro Project Scheme for grassroots development and Millennium Development Fund with total of SBD$10million during his meeting with Dr Sikua Tuesday this week.

Ambassador Chan told the Prime Minister that Taiwan fully supported the CNUR Government to implement the rural policy to help the rural development in the Solomon Islands.

The project is one of the funds which go down to the core of rural areas and will definitely improve the livelihood of the majority inhabitants.

Ambassador Chan reiterated that as a staunch alley of the Solomon Islands, Taiwan is sympathetic with the difficulties of lives in the rural areas of the Solomon Islands and therefore commits itself to enhance the livelihood of the people in the countryside.

"The fund was initiated to satisfy that cause from which more than 85% of people in Solomon Islands would benefit," he said.

Ambassador Chan also urged every Member of Parliament and his constituency committees to consult with each other before using this fund on the right things at the right places in a transparent and accountable way.

Prime Minister H.E. Dr. Sikua sincerely thanked Ambassador Chan and the Taiwanese Government for the continuing assistance to the SIG and was pleased that the fund was released timely to help rural people.

ENDS

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