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ROME, Italy (December 27, 2001 – Asia Pulse/Joyo Indonesian News/TAPOL)---The Indonesian province of Irian Jaya will send workers to study shipbuilding technology in Italy because it wants to develop its shipbuilding industry, according to a spokesman from the Indonesian embassy in Rome.

"The province wants to develop its shipbuilding industry because it has huge (economic) potential, particularly in Jayawijaya district," spokesman Al Busyra Basnur said.

A 17-member delegation from Jayawijaya visited Italy December 19-20 to conduct a comparative study and look for investors for the district's shipbuilding industry, he added.

"Italy has previously offered to buy ships from us, but for the time being, we still have to train people for that," head of the delegation, Dance Y. Flassy said.

Flassy added that he has also invited other districts in the province to participate in the Consultative Team for Papua Province's Autonomy Development (CONTPAD), to help facilitate Papua's development activities.

Paul Barber TAPOL, the Indonesia Human Rights Campaign 25 Plovers Way, Alton Hampshire GU34 2JJ Tel/Fax: 01420 80153 Email:  Internet: 

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