PREMIER LAKATANI STRESSES BRINGING NIUEANS HOME

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ALOFI, Niue (April 9, 2002 - Niue Economic Review/PINA Nius Online)---Niue Premier Sani Lakatani says population development, information technology, renewable energy projects and eco-tourism are at the top of his agenda for future survival of the island nation.

Mr. Lakatani, a member of the Niue Peoples Party, is seeking re-election on a common roll seat in the April 20 general election.

Niue's population now is down to 1,400 Niueans and 300 expatriates, with most Niueans living in New Zealand, where they have dual citizenship.

Mr. Lakatani said he has asked the United Nations Development Program for funding to set up an informational database about Niueans living overseas, including their skills.

The information will be used to recruit them for resettlement on their 265 square kilometer (106 square mile) raised coral atoll homeland, he said.

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