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Solomon Islands National Observer Program's New Office Building

Honiara (Solomon Islands): Solomon Islands, Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources

Minister Hon. Giro opens renovated Observers’ office building
Honiara 19 Aug 2020: Staff of the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR) this morning witnessed the opening of a newly renovated building that will house the Observer Program office.
Speaking this morning, Fisheries Minister Hon. Nestor Giro said the renovated building will provide a decent place for the Observers to work and also provide them opportunities for creativity to find solutions for the many challenges faced in their work.
“This morning we have gathered to witness the handover of this newly renovated building namely the Observers Office. This office will serve the observers to execute their compliance work to monitor all fishing operations in our waters and in the broader FFA region,” he said.
“I believe this will provide you opportunities for creativity to find solutions for the many challenges faced in your work.”
Hon Giro said the achievement though small, shows the government’s commitment to the Observer program in Solomon Islands.
“It shows government’s seriousness in valuing the work of our observers in their contribution to the effective management of our fisheries resources. Our achievement today, continues to articulate our Ministry’s vision “To provide effective services to facilitate sustainable management and development of our fisheries and aquatic resources for the benefit of the nation,” he said.
The Fisheries Minister also acknowledged the World Bank through the Pacific Regional Oceanscape Programme (PROP) for funding the renovation of the building.
“PROP has been instrumental in availing resources to successfully complete this project and as you can see the building is fully renovated and now ready for occupation after this ceremony. Thank you PROP and World Bank for your continuous support of the Ministry’s work program,” Minister Giro said.
Hon Giro also thanked the SSWA Contractor, Mr. Simon Aita’a, the officers from the Ministry of Infrastructure and Development who have supported the Project Management Division staff and the PROP staff to implement this project.
Renovation work on the building started in May 28, 2020 and it took the contractor nearly 10 weeks to give a face-lift to the once dilapidated building that the Observers had been using as their office.

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