China, Tonga sign TOP$55 million South Pacific games contract

[Kiliki heni ki he lea faka-Tonga] Tonga and China have signed the contract of TOP$55 million Tonga High School new sports complex for 2019 Pacific Games.

Chinese Ambassador to Tonga H.E. Mr. Huang Huaguang said this had been the largest Tongan project the Chinese Government has funded.

Tongan Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for MEIDECC and Foreign Affairs Hon Siaosi Sovaleni joined H.E. Huang and officials from their respective governments in a behind-closed-doors ceremony to confirm the grant at the Ministry of MEIDECC’s conference room in Nuku’alofa on Thursday.

The complex contains one indoor stadium, one outdoor rugby field, four outdoor netball courts, aquatics centre, one lawn bowling field and supporting facilities surrounding the sporting venues with total area of 9,180 square meters.

Hon Sovaleni said: “This is a very important project towards the  Pacific Games 2019, we would like to thank your delegation and also our senior officials for their efforts in the last month also in progressing this agreement.”

A team of 15 Chinese architectural designers were also in Nuku’alofa to inspect the site.

The construction is due to commence in October this year and is expected to be completed by May 2019.

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