BY TAVAKE SIMON HANA’AROA
THE Honiara City Council and Ministry of Culture and Tourism recently signed a milestones Cooperative Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote the tourism development interest within the Honiara City ahead of the 2023 Pacific Games.
The five years (2020-2025) cooperative policy agreement will consider areas for cooperation in preparation for the Pacific Games 2023.
Honiara City Council (HCC) Clerk Rence Sore said the City Council is hoping that their collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and tourism will sell the Solomon Islands and Honiara City to the participating countries.
“The partnership is running for five years.
“Games is happening in 2023 within the five year period and we are hoping that the collaboration between City Council and the Ministry for sure will sell the Solomon Islands and Honiara city to the Pacific Games participants.
“To promote tourism in our City, and in our country, we need collaboration partnerships and that is the way to go. This MOU, is showing examples of how we should work as a government, and together we can make a difference,” City Clerk Rence Sore said.
Permanent Secretary (PS) of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Andrew Nihopara said it is very important for his ministry that is responsible for tourism to partner with the Honiara City Council as the host city for the 2023 Pacific Games.
“One of the key common objectives of this MOU is that we see it very important for our Ministry that is responsible for tourism to partner with HCC, as the host city for the 2023 Pacific Games.
“So in the next five years, we will continue to execute the partnership that we have with the Honiara City Council based on the contents on the MOU.
“For the next five years, we will be looking at how we can collaborate with the city authority to facelift and improve our city not only for the pacific games but also for the gate of tourists coming into the country,” PS Nihopara said.