UNDP PUTTING $1.1 MILLION INTO SOLOMONS AS U.N. AGENCIES RETURN

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Nov. 8, 2002 - SIBC/PINA Nius Online)---The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) is expected to spend more than Sol$8 million (US$1.1 million) on Solomon Islands projects launched or signed in Honiara this week.

It comes as U.N. agencies re-establish their presence to help in rebuilding after the two years of ethnic conflict and continuing law and order problems.

UNDP's Resident Representative in Suva, Fiji, Peter Witham, told SIBC that the program will spend Sol$2.8 million on the first phase of the Constitutional Reform Project.

Witham said that funding for this has been sourced from the UNDP itself as well as Australia and New Zealand.

On the Solomon Islands Industries Rehabilitation and Retention Project, UNDP will spend Sol$760,000. A similar amount has been spent on the Solomon Islands Human Development Report 2002.

UNDP will spend more than Sol$3.7 million on the demobilization of special constables project.

Witham congratulated the Solomon Islands government for its ongoing efforts to reverse the economic decline.

He said by restoring law and order and rebuilding a robust economy, employment opportunities will be created and real development for the betterment of all Solomon Islanders can be pursued.

UNDP recently opened a sub-Office in Honiara, where several U.N. agencies are located.

Two more United Nations agencies, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the International Labor Organization (ILO), will be re-establishing their presence in Solomon Islands soon.

For additional reports from the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation.

Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org 

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