HONIARA : 3 July 2017
Solomon Islands Prime Minister, the Hon Manasseh Sogavare and the French Polynesia’s Delegate for International, European and Pacific Affairs, Mr. Manuel Terai met in Honiara last Friday, 30 June 2017, and discussed the proposition of French Polynesia providing a low-cost housing project for Solomon Islands.
French Polynesia has on offer several low-cost housing plans and one is the Individual House of two or three bedrooms that are built on stilts with concrete foundations.
Mr. Terai said the walls of the Individual House can be made of timber or plywood and has been proven to withstand floods in French Polynesia.
Mr. Terai added that French Polynesia also offers cyclone shelters that can accommodate 700 to 800 people and this is ideal for accommodating a big group of people during times of natural disasters.
Mr. Terai said low-cost housing and cyclone shelters are suitable for Solomon Islands as a natural disaster-prone country, adding that Tokelau, Tuvalu and Kiribati have already expressed interest in French Polynesia’s low cost housing project.
Prime Minister Sogavare said such a low-cost housing project is something worth looking into for Solomon Islands outer islands, adding that it has the potential of attracting funding assistance from the Green Climate Fund.