(Rev Dr. Kitiona Tausi)
The Prime Minister, Hon Enele Sosene Sopoaga in a press conference last week on 23 February 2018, confirmed that funds for the work boat harbours for Nukulaelae, Nanumaga, Niutao and Nui may be secured and construction can begin this year or next year. The Project Manager for the Outer Islands Maritime Infrastructure, Mr Vete Sakaio confirmed that the work boat harbour at Nukulaelae will start construction sometimes in April/May this year and to be financed by the Asian Development Bank at a cost of about AU$13 million.
An engineering company in Mainland China has won the contract to construct the workboat harbour on Nukulaelae in May 2018. The company is named “The China Civil Engineering Construction Company” and is in joint venture with a company in Papua New Guinea ‘The Navae Construction Company”. Mr Sakaio got the opportunity to go to Papua New Guinea to see the concrete forms that are constructed by the Navae Construction Company. The concrete forms are part of the project.