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Message from the Chief Representative

WELKAM LO SOLOMON !THE HAPI ISLES!

Welcome to JICA Solomon Islands Office web site!

How much do you know about Solomon Islands?
I think you can easily imagine that Solomon Islands is a part of Islands in the Pacific Ocean, but you might not have any more idea than it.
Solomon Islands might be a country, which probably is not well known by especially Japanese people.

Solomon Islands is located in the South Pacific about 5000km south from Japan and about 1500km northeast from Australia comprising about 1000 various size of islands. She is still young country with independence in 1978. She has administratively nine (9) provinces and its capital is Honiara, which means, where the southeast wind blows. Solomon Islands covers 28,900 km2 (about 1.5 times as Shikoku). Its population is about 600,000 and Melanesian people covers over 90% of share of its population.

It is told that people in any country use money for getting daily necessities including foods. However, in each community in remote area in this country, people are living being self-sufficient with fertile land and rich marine resources. They therefore are not facing serious poverty. However, even Honiara and other local capital cities, which are rather developed with monetary economy, have not enough infrastructure, which supports people's life. That is to say that the issue often brings some obstacle on economic and social activity for the people of Solomon Islands.

As we talk about the characteristic of Islands country like Solomon Islands, we often mention its narrowness, isolation, remoteness and marine. These characteristic occasionally provides the country with economic benefit like income of fishing fee. However, they rather work as inferiority of islands in many cases. We needs huge investment for developing economic and social infrastructure in widely scattered land. As a result, the investment raise the delivery cost of social service. Furthermore, in small-scale administrative system, we cannot sufficiently afford human resource development and quality and quantity of the service cannot meet social needs. We can easily find the lack of human resources in private sector, too. On the other hand, however, it is reported that the jobless rate of young generation is more than 80%. Additionally, natural disasters such as earthquake, cyclone, tsunami and flood also threaten people of this country. Once they occur, the country would have serious damage on people. We must say that Solomon Islands is more fragile.

JICA has commenced a series of study in each development sector since prior to her independence, and has provided the country with grant aid, technical cooperation and dispatching volunteers since the independence. JICA have proceeded with many project cooperating with the government of Solomon Islands mainly in the area of environment management, disaster management, infrastructure development and upgrading of social service, so on. We are also currently tackling implementing the technical cooperation using some technologies, which Japanese small enterprise developed. However, there regrettably is a fact that the country still has lots of issue left.

The people of Solomon Islands are always smiling, sunny and enjoying their life even if they face some difficulties. It seems that the idea of happiness they describe must be conceptually beyond the one Japanese do.

JICA Solomon Islands Office commits to keep tackling human development and nation building with the people of Solomon Islands getting energy from them based on our closed relationship, which both of the countries have established for long time.

JICA Solomon Islands office would highly appreciate your kind assistance and continuous cooperation.

UEGAKI Motoyuki
Resident Representative
JICA Solomon Islands Office

PS:
We lost more than 20,000 Japanese precious lives in Solomon Islands during the World War II and over 7000 remains have not been found and returned home back still now. I condole on the spirits of dead Japanese people sacrificed in this place.

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