A one hour webinar with Q&A brought to you by Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, New Zealand Trade & Enterprise, the New Zealand Pacific Business Council and Solomon Water.

The Solomon Islands has several emerging infrastructure projects which create opportunities for New Zealand contractors and sub-contractors.

There are two current potential opportunities for New Zealand companies in water and airfields. This webinar will allow participants to hear directly from Solomon Water and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) on these opportunities.

Ian Gooden, Chief Executive Officer of Solomon Water will provide a presentation on their proposed capital works projects totalling around USD $60m to be tendered over coming months. He will update attendees on the projects and the progress towards being tender ready, which has been complicated due to Covid-19 travel restrictions. The first major project, the 15 MLD Kongulai Water treatment plant should go to market in the next few weeks. The Honiara trunk mains and reservoirs, will likely go to market July 2020.

Ian will discuss ways Solomon Water can assist tenderers with their bid preparation if they cannot travel to market. They are allowing a longer bid period and negotiated start dates for tenderers, but would like to hear from prospective tenderers on what else they can do to encourage quality and competitive bids.

Mr Sean Buckley, First Secretary Development, and Mr Zubin D’Sousa Infrastructure Project Manager at the New Zealand High Commission in Honiara, will present on the New Zealand Government’s Solomon Islands Provincial Airfield Upgrades Project.

The Provincial Airfield Upgrades have included designs for Seghe, Taro, Suavanao and Lata sites, and NZ MFAT is currently in the ROI phase for the civil works component of two of these (Seghe and Taro). Upgrading the runways will increase the reliability of air travel in the Solomon Islands, and promote sustainable economic activity, including tourism and trade.

Webinar Speakers
Ian Gooden
Chief Executive Officer
Solomon WaterZubin D’Sousa                                                                       

Infrastructure Project Manager
New Zealand High Commission – Solomon Islands
Hon. Sean Buckley
First Secretary Development
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade