KIRIBATI RUSHING TO COMPLETE NEW PARLIAMENT COMPLEX IN TIME FOR NEXT YEAR'S FORUM

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TARAWA, Kiribati (July 1, 1999 - PACNEWS/Radio Kiribati)---The Kiribati Government has a tight schedule to meet if it is to complete construction of the country’s new Parliament complex in time for a September 2000 Tarawa summit meeting of the South Pacific Forum.

The Secretary for Works and Energy, Francis Ngalu, said a five-member team from Japan now is in the Kiribati capital to present to the Parliament committee overseeing the construction work a proposed design for the complex.

The new building, Ngalu stressed, should reflect Kiribati traditional architecture and culture.

The parliamentary committee has selected the Japanese construction company Dai Nippon as the main project contractor.

Ngalu did not provide specific information about the cost of the new Parliament complex. He only said it would cost the people of Kiribati millions of dollars.

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