KIRIBATI’S BETIO PORT IMPROVEMENT PROJECT COMPLETED

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KIRIBATI’S BETIO PORT IMPROVEMENT PROJECT COMPLETED

TARAWA, Kiribati (May 17, 2000 - PINA Nius Online)---Japanese Ambassador Hisato Murayama today officially unveiled the completion of Kiribati’s $22 million Betio Port improvement project.

The Japanese government-funded project is expected to boost Kiribati’s economy through increased exports of copra and other local produce, increased foreign trade, and the creation of new jobs.

Betio Port plays a key role as the center for international and domestic sea transportation in Kiribati.

The new port features upgraded cargo-handling equipment, night navigational aids such as lanterns and radar reflectors, and improved administrative offices. These improvements will make it safer and more convenient for ships and passengers.

Japan provided a US$ 22 million grant over a period of four years for the project.

Capital development works included: construction of a new wharf; deepening of the basin; widening of the approach channel; development of an access road; and construction of a container yard, passenger terminal and administration office.

Murayama said the new port will bring Kiribati closer to world trading markets. He added that the increased economic activity will contribute towards promoting sustainable economic development in Kiribati.

Murayama reaffirmed Japan's commitment to continue working with Kiribati in the areas of environmental protection, human resources and infrastructure development, and strengthening trade and investment.

Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org 

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