From March 19 to 21, the China International Development Cooperation Agency (CIDCA) delegation led by its Vice Chairman Mr. Tang Wenghong paid an official visit to Solomon Islands, marking a milestone in the development cooperation between China and Solomon Islands.
During their stay in Solomon Islands, the delegation paid a courtesy call on Hon. Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, conducted field visits to the China-aided PG2023 stadium and dormitory projects, held in-depth discussions with the line ministries of SIG for the development cooperation between China and SI.
Vice Chairman Tang and his delegation gave detailed presentations on China foreign aid policies and practice. Mr. Tang said, “Since China and Solomon Islands established diplomatic relations in 2019, our bilateral cooperation has yielded tangible and fruitful outcomes, setting up a good example of mutual respect, solidarity and cooperation for all developing countries in the world”.
Vice Chairman Tang said, “As a good friend, reliable partner and genuine brother to Solomon Islands, China upholds the principles of mutual respect, friendly consultation, common development and no political conditions attached in its development cooperation with Solomon Islands”.
“I am so happy and proud to see in my own eyes the China-aided projects such as the Pacific Games Stadium, SINU dormitories (Athletes Village) and rural development support covering all 9 provinces have made important contribution to help SI in hosting PG2023, boost social-economic development of the country, and deepen friendship between China and SI”.
“The CIDCA attaches great importance to the development cooperation with Solomon Islands, and will keep pursuing more tangible benefits for the people of Solomon Islands”.
The CIDCA delegation signed with SIG the MOU on Global Development Initiative to carry out cooperation in society and livelihood, health care, infrastructure, social governance, culture and sports, human resources and think-tank exchanges under the GDI framework.
Both sides also signed the Exchange of Notes on Sports Technical Assistance to support training of 80 Solomon Islands athletes in China for 3 months and sending Chinese coaches to train SI athletes before PG2023. The training includes: athletics, weightlifting, boxing, taekwondo, judo, table tennis and swimming.