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November 4, 1999

PINA Nius Online

FRENCH POLYNESIA HOLDS FIRST COMPUTER AND NEW TECHNOLOGIES FORUM

PAPEETE, French Polynesia (November 4, 1999 - PINA Nius Online)---French Polynesia's first Computer and New Technologies Forum (FITCOM) opened this week in the capital area with the goal of making high-tech tools, including the Internet, more accessible to the general public, RFO-radio reports.

The show, bringing together some twenty computer and technology professionals, is being held at the new Outrigger resort near Papeete and is coordinated by Marc Ramel, a computer specialist.

Earlier this year, the French Polynesian government launched an ambitious "Metu@" project aiming at providing the French territory's remote islands with state-of-the-art communication tools, such as public computers for Internet access, linked to satellites and telephone lines.

Technologies displayed at the forum include audio, computer, multimedia, and money computing facilities.

"French Polynesia has always used new technologies. So this time, again, we'll try to encourage the public to use these new tools. I think they're keen to learn anyway," Ramel said.

 

67 FISHERMEN GRANTED FRENCH POLYNESIA DEEP SEA LICENSES

PAPEETE, French Polynesia (November 4, 1999 - PINA Nius Online)---The French Polynesian government Cabinet approved 67 deep sea fishing licenses Thursday, the government's press office announced.

The licenses were granted to seven large-size tuna fishing boats and 60 smaller-sized fishing vessels.

Sixty-four percent of these vessels will fishing in the Windward group of islands (east of Tahiti), 19 percent in the Leeward group (west of Tahiti), 10 percent in the Tuamotu archipelago (east of Tahiti) and six percent in the Marquesas group (east of Tahiti).

Fifteen of the 67 licenses are renewals.

The licensing also is aimed at making it easier for small fishing businesses to qualify for loans from financial institutions.

This bulletin was produced by the Pacific Islands News Association (PINA). Editor: Patrick Antoine Decloitre E-mail: padec@iname.com 

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