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PRESS STATEMENT September 6, 1999

Regional projects in fisheries and trade policy received further assistance from the Republic of Korea today during a brief ceremony at the South Pacific Forum Secretariat in Suva, Fiji.

The Republic of Korea's Suva-based Ambassador HE Mr. Lim Dae-taek presented the third annual contribution of US$ 50,000 toward the Fisheries Law Advisor Project, administered by the Forum Fisheries Agency. The Korean Government has contributed US$ 150,000 since 1997 to complete the project.

This project provides a range of back-up legal services to Forum Island Countries to help implement the Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) and other aspects of FFA's legal services program. The satellite-based VMS is designed to track vessels whenever they are fishing in the Exclusive Economic Zones of the 16 FFA member countries.

Ambassador Lim Dae-taek also presented US$ 35,000 to help fund part of the costs for a second Trade Policy adviser at the South Pacific Forum Secretariat. The adviser will help provide policy advice and briefings to Forum Island Countries on a range of multilateral trade policy issues.

"The Korean Government has continued to provide financial assistance for various development projects for the region since Korea first became a Post Forum Dialogue Partner in 1996. The two projects would lead to further strengthening of the bonds of cooperation and friendship between the Forum member countries and the Republic of Korea," the Ambassador said.

The assistance for the two projects was received by the Secretary General of the Forum Secretariat, Mr. Noel Levi, CBE.

"We remain grateful for this latest presentation and the continued strong support extended by your Government over the years to our member states, both directly and through the Secretariat," Mr. Levi said.

For additional information, contact: Ulafala Aiavao at UlafalaA@forumsec.org.fj

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