ECONOMIC RESTRUCTURING FUND TO BUILD NEW ROADS IN THE MARQUESAS, DOCKS IN

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TUAMOTU ARCHIPELAGO

PAPE‘ETE, Tahiti, French Polynesia (April 26, 2002 – Tahitipresse)---The Economic Restructuring Fund will allot US$ 14.7 million for the construction of ports and roads in French Polynesia, representatives of the French and French Polynesia governments announced after a meeting last Wednesday.

The road program will involve primarily the remote Marquesas Archipelago, located about 900 miles northeast of Tahiti.

A new road linking Nuku Hiva Airport to the main island settlement, Taiohae, 4.5 miles away, will be built for about US$ 2.7 million.

New docks in the Tuamotu Archipelago also will be built, for a total cost of US$ 3 million.

In addition The Economic Restructuring Fund will help expand Pape‘ete Harbor’s fishing facilities. This project will cost US$ 4.7 million.

The fund was created by France following the end of nuclear testing at Moruroa (Tuamotu Archipelago) in January of 1996.

Last year, the fund paid 40 percent of the cost of Air Tahiti Nui's new plane, the "Mangareva" A 340 Airbus, which arrived in Tahiti two weeks ago.

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