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French Polynesia News Wednesday, October 20, 1999 PINA Nius Online

PAPEETE, French Polynesia (October 20, 1999 - PINA Nius Online)---French Polynesia's government and France Telecom are to set up a joint venture to manage the French territory's international telecommunications, the daily newspaper La Dépêche de Tahiti reports.

The agreement, which wraps up two years of talks between French Polynesia and France Telecom, makes provisions for the creation of a so-called "Tahiti Nui Telecom," in which the territory would hold 66 percent interest.

"So the chairman of this company will have to be Polynesian," French Polynesia's President Gaston Flosse stressed.

FranceTelecom, whose chairman, Michel Bon, was in Papeete last week, would provide equipment, land, and know-how.

The chairman, who could be recommended by both Flosse and Bon, is to be appointed by the organization’s Board of Directors.



PAPEETE, French Polynesia (October 20, 1999 - PINA Nius Online)---The French Polynesian government last week approved the supply of some 140 copra driers for remote Tuamotu and Leeward islands farmers, the government said in a release Tuesday.

The goal of the project is to improve the quality of copra produced in French Polynesia. As a first step, 66 driers are to be provided to producers in the Tuamotu (east of here) and the Leeward groups (west of Tahiti).

The aid comes under an agreement between the French Polynesian government's "Islands Aid Fund" and a private company specializing in coconut oil, "Huilerie de Tahiti."

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