JAPAN CONSIDERS BUILDING NEW HOSPITAL FOR MAJURO

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MAJURO, Marshall Islands (November 20, 2001 - Marianas Variety/PINA Nius Online)---A Japan International Cooperation Agency study team is assessing a Marshall Islands government proposal for Japan to build a new Majuro hospital.

The team is part of a preparatory study on the proposed $20 million new Majuro hospital plan. The government is seeking Japanese support to replace the current 80-bed hospital, built in 1985, with a new, 150-bed facility.

If approved, it will be the biggest project, in dollars, undertaken by the Japanese government in the Marshall Islands.

The Japanese government typically funds one large infrastructure project per year.

The largest infrastructure project to date was a $13 million road-paving project for Majuro that was completed in 1999.

Currently, the Japanese government is funding the construction and development of a fishing base, including cold storage, boats, fishing gear and other infrastructure at Jaluit Atoll.

This project is aimed at development of fishing on a commercial level, with exports to Majuro, the nation's capital, and other nearby atolls.

The Jaluit project is expected to be completed next year.

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