TAIWAN FUNDS PACIFIC REGIONAL PROJECTS

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PACIFIC ISLANDS FORUM SECRETARIAT Suva, Fiji Islands

PRESS STATEMENT April 12, 2002

Six regional agencies today received US$ 425,000 (FJ$ 1.012 million) in funding from Taiwan/ROC for 16 projects in education, resource management and information systems.

The funds were handed over by Mr. Fu-Tien Liu, Representative of the Trade Mission for Taiwan/ROC in Fiji, during a ceremony at the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat.

"Taiwan/ROC continues to make a significant contribution to social and economic development in our region," said the Deputy Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Mr. Iosefa Maiava.

"The challenge for regional agencies is to ensure that our rural communities receive maximum benefits from the projects supported by our development partners," he said.

The latest assistance is part of a US$ 845,000 package for 35 projects that was announced by Taiwan/ROC in August last year at the Ninth Taiwan/ROC-Forum Countries Dialogue.

It is separate from a US$ 1.5 million Taiwan/ROC-Pacific Islands Forum Scholarship Scheme that is administered by the Forum Secretariat for applicants from Forum Island Countries.

TAIWAN/ROC DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE 2001/2002 APPROVED PROJECTS FOR HANDOVER 12 APRIL 2002

Organisation

Project Title

USD

FSM

Augmentation of Training Capabilities for final year Medical students studying at the FSM

$5,000

SUB-TOTAL

5,000

FFA

Secure and efficient communications links: Microwave link

35,000

Tuna management development: participation in relevant international fora

15,000

Security Arrangements

20,000

Information Technology upgrade

10,000

Four wheel drive utility transport

20,000

SUB-TOTAL

100,000

PIFS

Programme Implementation Officer

60,000

Small Island States (SIS) Development Fund

50,000

SUB-TOTAL

110,000

USP

IMR Specialised Reference Library

15,000

Upgrading Student Computer Facilities at the USP library

20,000

Library Information Network Development project

15,000

SUB-TOTAL

50,000

SPTO

Institutional Capacity Strengthening of SPTO

40,000

SUB-TOTAL

40,000

SOPAC

Developing an Oceans Resource Management system for Pacific large Ocean Island States

25,000

Regional Capacity Building through institutional strengthening to support sustainable water resources management in Pacific Island countries

15,000

Regional Business Resource Assessment as an indicator for sustainable energy development

25,000

Building Capacity to insure against disasters in Pacificisland countries

55,000

SUB-TOTAL

120,000

TOTAL

$425,000

For additional information, contact: Ulafala Aiavao at UlafalaA@forumsec.org.fj 

Ulafala Aiavao Media Adviser Forum Secretariat Private Bag Suva, Fiji

Tel: (679) 220 220 Mob: (679) 998 674 Fax: (679) 305 554 Email: UlafalaA@forumsec.org.fj  Web: www.forumsec.org.fj  Mirror site: http://chacmool.sdnp.undp.org/pacific/forumsec/default1.htm 

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