The Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) is the latest SOE (State Owned Enterprise) to sign up as a partner-sponsor of the Sol2023 Pacific Games.
The Sol2023 Pacific Games Organizing Committee (GOC) made the announcement at an official ceremony held at the newly built Aquatic Centre at Sports City in Honiara today.
SIPA’s sponsorship in kind is valued at $2,000,000 (SBD) dollars.
As an Official Silver Sponsor of the Games, SIPA is granted exclusive rights as the official Ports Management and Service Partner for Sol2023. This partnership underscores SIPA’s commitment to enhancing the overall experience and service provision for the Games.
Speaking at the event, SIPA’s Chief Executive Officer, Eranda Kotelawala said, “This is a historic moment for us, as it is the first time our company has taken up such an initiative. We are immensely proud to be part of this endeavour. “As a responsible state-owned company, becoming a Silver sponsor for the Sol2023 Pacific Games is a significant achievement for us.
“Our goal is to support the Games and the athletes, so being part of this sponsorship means a lot to our company, our athletes and our country.
“We are truly honoured to be part of the Sol2023 Pacific Games. Furthermore, our expectation for the Games is to provide access, storage and clearance assistance for the Sol2023 Pacific Games Limited,” he said.
GOC’s Chief Executive Officer, Peter Stewart commended SIPA for its valuable and timely support.
“We are delighted to have the Solomon Islands Ports Authority on board to stand alongside GOC and help deliver a memorable and successful Sol2023 Pacific Games.
“Your support and involvement are essential to our ability to host a successful Games. Your support and facilitation toward the Games, including clearance assistance for sporting equipment and support for the Games Organizing Committee (GOC) will indeed help us greatly in our preparations less than three months out from Games time.
“SIPA’s contribution to other infrastructures and support during the Games is of utmost importance. Your involvement over the two weeks of the Games is greatly appreciated,” Mr Stewart said.
Meanwhile, Solo the official Games Mascot also made an appearance at the event – much to the delight of the SIPA staff in attendance.
In commending SIPA, Solo handout out gift packs to SIPA’s CEO and his staff whilst also making time to greet and take selfies with attendees of the event.