The 2023 Pacific Games Organizing Committee (GOC) and the Solomon Islands Water Authority (Solomon Water) officially announced their partnership through the Games Silver Partner Sponsorship today in Honiara.
Solomon Water’s sponsorship valued at SBD $4million caters for infrastructural design and development, as well as the provision of free water services to Games facilities at this year’s Sol2023 Pacific Games.
Solomon Water Chief Executive Officer, Ian Gooden said, “The sponsorship is largely ‘in-kind’ in terms of infrastructure design, construction and supervision as well as a provision of free water and wastewater services for the various facilities during Games period.”
He said that Solomon Water has had to move quickly to provide water and wastewater infrastructure for Games facilities before the start of the Games in November this year.
“In a very short period of time, we have designed and tendered for construction worth over SBD $160million of mainly sewerage infrastructure needed to service the Games facilities and also for the construction of the Kukum Highway road project.”
Mr Gooden said that the construction cost of the infrastructure is funded for by the Solomon Islands Government, Solomon Water and donors ADB (Asia Development Bank) and World Bank.
Solomon Water Board Chairman Donald Marahare expressed their delight in partnering with the Games.
“We are thrilled to be able to support the Pacific Games in this way. The Pacific Games are a celebration of athleticism, culture and community, and we are honored to be part of it,” Mr Marahare said.
In recognition of the support, GOC Board Chairman, Martin Rara and CEO, Peter Stewart presented Solomon Water with a sponsorship certificate.
Solomon Water will also receive branding rights and numerous benefits associated to the Games Silver Partner Sponsorship Level.
“This sponsorship is indeed timely and a very significant one for us, as to how GOC will deliver the Sol2023 Pacific Games.
“Water is an essential aspect of the Games – no Games can run without water. This sponsorship guarantee that water will be sufficient for all come Games time,” Mr Rara said.
GOC Chief Executive, Peter Stewart shared similar sentiments, “We welcome Solomon Water’s support and partnership as it reflects the corporate spirit, support and commitment that is needed to deliver a successful Sol2023 Pacific Games.
“We are grateful for your support and that of other companies alike. Your support and commitment show that you understand the importance and recognize the value of the Games to Solomon Islands and its people. This generous support will have a significant impact on the success of the Sol2023 Pacific Games.”
Solomon Water is the third official sponsorship of the Games – the others being Solomon Post and Solomon Breweries.
Meanwhile the Sol2023 Pacific Games will be held between 19 November to 2nd December this year.