Now Reading
Solomon Islands to open the 17th Pacific Games


Solomon Islands to open the 17th Pacific Games

17th Pacific Games

The Solomon Islands will open the 17th Pacific Games in its capital, Honiara, today.

Overall, the country has spent $352 million on facilities and other infrastructural projects, including a major arterial road in the capital. Organizers state that 80% of the direct cost of $220 million is borne by various aid donors like China, which has spent an estimated $119 million on sports facilities like a new national stadium. Australia is providing $17 million in funding, mostly for security for the Games.

The Games have become a symbol of geopolitical rivalry in the Pacific, mainly between China and Australia. Pro-China Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, who signed a controversial security deal with China in 2022, has deflected criticism by parroting the Beijing line that no political conditions are attached to the impoverished country projects.

See Also

Post-Games, in an attempt to maintain any influence with Honiara, Australia will likely ramp up aid, particularly for sports development. However, it is almost certain Honiara-Beijing relations will be the bigger winner of donor-funding the Games, particularly if Sogavare wins re-election next year. As a result, expect Chinese loan funding of Solomon Island infrastructure projects for businesses such as CCECC and Huawei, currently in the middle of a major rollout of telecommunications infrastructure, to increase.

View Comments (0)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Scroll To Top