Tonga needs K380m to host 2019 Pacific Games

​Tonga will need $US130 million (K380m) to host the 2019 Pacific Games.

Prime Minister of Tonga Akilishi Pohiva arrived today in Port Moresby to discuss the preparations of the games with the big brother, PNG.

 Pohiva admitted that the commitment was made  by the previous government and  it was not his dealings but he would honour it and make it happen.

In a brief media conference at the Jacksons International press room after his arrival, Pohiva said his delegation is here for bilateral talks with the PNG government on what will be the next step in terms of the games preparations.

He said his delegation was not here to ask for assistance from the PNG government but to find out the secret of how PNG successfully hosted  the Pacific Games last year.

Meanwhile, Sports and Tourism Minister Justin Tkatchenko said PNG is taking the lead in helping the Pacific Islands in terms of sporting facilities.

He said with the new high performance centre, we have planned in construction will open doors for Tongan athletes to come and train in PNG.

Pohiva will be having a talk with the Prime Minister Peter O’Neill tomorrow and also visit the sporting facilities.

He will be returning to Tonga on Tuesday.

Freddy Mou