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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (SIBC, July 2) – The people of the Western Provincial capital of Gizo now have a new wharf, funded by the European Union.

Prime Minister Sir Allan Kemakeza today opened the wharf, calling it another important milestone in the partnership between the EU and Solomon Islands.

Six other wharves under European Union funding will be constructed in other provinces.

Sir Allan said the wharf and others to be built later is consistent with his government's policy to build and improve infrastructure and transportation services in the country.

He said a well-established infrastructure base and transportation system is key to economic progress and development.

Sir Allan said the newly completed Gizo wharf would facilitate the flow of goods and services.

He said government with EU funding will later this month launch a tender for inter island shipping to provide more capacity for copra and cocoa exports, passengers and freight.

He thank the EU Resident Commissioner Paul Bourdeaux for the assistance, and urged the people of Western province to appreciate and look after what has been given to them.Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corp.:

July 2, 2004

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