CHINA GIVES PNG $2.8 MILLION GRANT

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Dec. 3) – The Papua New Guinea government is among the recipients of a K9 million (US$2.8 million) grant from the Chinese Government.

This is another manifestation of friendship between the Chinese Government and the people of Papua New Guinea.

The grant is to be used for economic and technical co-operation projects.

Under that program is the renovation of Government House, the reconstruction of the mathematics and computer science building of the University of Technology in Lae and infrastructure for the Vudal University in Rabaul.

Chinese Ambassador to PNG Li Zhengjun signed an agreement with the Minister for Department of Planning and Rural Development Sinai Brown last Friday to facilitate the grant.

Also included in the agreement is the construction of the Papa Lealea road and the provision of three police vehicles, two ambulances and one administrative support vehicle.

Mr Zhengjun said the grant is to help the Government in a small way to meet the funding requirement in its priority areas and it (grant) needed no repayment.

He said China believed in world peace and development and its goal was to help developing countries.

Mr Brown said the relationship between the two countries was looking good because both used "simple languages to communicate".

Mr Zhengjun said it was his first time to sign such an agreement since he took up the post to represent his Government here.

However he said China had provided such grants before on a yearly basis and the accumulated amount of such grant had reached more than 600 million Yuan (US$72.5 million) since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

December 3, 2003

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