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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (June 21, 2001 - Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation/PINA Nius Online)---The Honiara-based Forum Fisheries Agency is to research the logistics and how much it would cost to relocate its headquarters to another country.

It is advertising for a consultant to undertake the project.

Deputy Director Ken Smithson told SIBC News that participants in the agency's annual general meeting, held this year in the Cook Islands, decided that the agency should consider the possibility of moving its headquarters.

The agency is believed to have had difficulties operating in Honiara because of the two years of Guadalcanal-Malaita ethnic conflict and continuing law-and-order problems.

Mr. Smithson stressed that the move is only a contingency plan.

The advertisement says the consultant will need to have a good understanding of project and operations management, budget preparation, analysis, and the services and infrastructure available at suitable population centers, including Australia.

Mr. Smithson added that the Operations Relocation Plan report will be submitted to an FAA meeting in either September or October.

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