JAPAN PROVIDING PACIFIC ISLANDS REGIONAL PHARMACEUTICAL DISTRIBUTION CENTER

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (January 30, 2002 – Radio Australia)---Pacific island countries will soon be able to obtain essential pharmaceutical and medical supplies closer to home.

A bulk distribution center is planned to be established in Fiji’s capital of Suva.

The construction cost of about US$ 6.5 million is being met by the Japanese Government, which put up more than US$ 400,000 for the center's design and planning

The project is part of Japan's aid package to Fiji, and was developed in response to a request by the Fiji government in 1999.

The bulk purchase and regional distribution of pharmaceutical drugs and medical supplies will benefit a number of island countries in addition to Fiji, including Kiribati, Tuvalu and Nauru.

For additional reports from Radio Australia, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Radio Australia.

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