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SUVA. Fiji (Fiji Times, Jan. 27) – Fiji’s fishing industry has received a FJ$7.3million (US$4.3 million) Japanese Government grant for the redevelopment of the Lami Fisheries Jetty.

Foreign Affairs Minister Kaliopate Tavola and Japanese ambassador Kenro Iino signed and exchanged notes formalizing the Japanese Government's assistance for the project.

Mr Tavola said the project's beneficiaries would be three sub-sectors of the domestic fishery.

"This includes tuna vessels under 26 meters, deep-sea snapper, pakapaka fishermen and small vessel inshore fishermen," he said.

When construction is complete in March next year the site will have a fishing mooring facility, a workshop, administration office, ice plant, shore power station, water supply facility, public toilets and a security guard house.

Mr Tavola said the Government was responsible for the successful implementation of the multi-million dollar project.

He said structures would be cleared before construction begins in June.

"We will also secure the service utility for electricity, water and Telecom services during and after construction and also be responsible for the furnishing assets for the new facility," he said. "We will also provide the appropriate manpower input to work alongside our Japanese counterparts during the implementation of the project."

Mr Iino said Japan is proud to be able to provide the assistance, which would benefit the people of Fiji.

The fisheries sector provides employment for 5,857 people in Fiji.

January 27, 2005

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