CCECC to Build 7 Projects in Solomon Islands for 2023 PacificGames
State owned China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation has been awarded the contract to build the seven China Funded facilities for the 2023 Pacific Games in Honiara in Solomon Islands.
The seven infrastructures that will be built by CCECC include
10,000-seat national stadium which includes 1,000 VIP seats
Aquatic center hosting a 50-meter competition pool and a 25-meter training pool
Six-court tennis center
Full-sized training track and field with a full-sized soccer & rugby field
90 meters by 50 meters multi-purpose hall
5-aside competition hockey field
A double story food court and office space building
Solomon Islands Prime Minister Mr Manasseh Sogavare thanked the Chinese government for their wisdom in selecting CCECC. He said “Allow me first to convey my sincere gratitude to the Government of the People’s Republic of China for their wisdom in selecting a successful; company that already has a footprint in Solomon Islands as its contractor for this ground-breaking project. Secondly, allow me to congratulate the CCECC through Mr Huang for winning the right to build the 2023 Pacific Games stadiums project. I understand that CCECC has already mobilized to build its administration and extra accommodation facilities for the construction of the stadiums. I am now greatly confident that the construction period of 24 months commencing 1 May 2021 through to 31 May 2023 will be met, because the contractor has already started the preparatory work.”
Engineers from CCECC are due to arrive in the Solomon Islands on April 11 with a ground-breaking ceremony scheduled for May 5. The facilities are due to be handed over to Pacific Games organisers on May 31 in 2023 ahead of the Opening Ceremony for the two-week event on July 14.
The Solomon Islands had originally reached an agreement in July 2019 with Taiwan to build the facilities, including the National Stadium. But, at the end of 2019, relations between the two countries broke down, with the Pacific nation pledging its diplomatic allegiance to China instead.
The Pacific Games, formerly known as the South Pacific Games, is a continental multi-sport event competing Olympic sports, with participation exclusively from archipelagic countries around the Pacific Ocean. It is held every four years and began in 1963. Nine different cities in six countries and territories have hosted the Pacific Games. Four countries have hosted the games three times: Fiji (1963, 1979, 2003), New Caledonia (1966, 1987, 2011), Papua New Guinea (1969, 1991, 2015) and Samoa (1983, 2007, 2019). Two territories have hosted the Pacific Games twice: French Polynesia (1971, 1995) and Guam (1975, 1999). The most recent Pacific Games was held in Apia, Samoa in July 2019. The Solomon Islands will become the seventh country to host the event come 2023.