MALAYSIAN CONTRACTOR VENTURES INTO FIJI

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To handle $40 million road project

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, June 7, 2010) - Fiji is the first foreign country that Malaysian construction and development company Naim Holdings Bhd has ventured into, the Malaysia Star newspaper reports.

Naim will upgrade 106 kilometers of road in Fiji as part of a US$40 million road rehabilitation project commissioned by Fiji’s Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama last week.

Funded by the Export-Import Bank of Malaysia, the project is expected to be completed in two years.

Naim chairman Datuk Abdul Hamed Sepawi said more than half of Naim’s workforce in the project was Fijians, who would learn the road rehabilitation skills from the company.

He said due to limited education opportunities in Fiji, Naim was offering full scholarships to Fijian students to pursue diploma or undergraduate programs in civil engineering, quantity surveying and construction management either in Fiji or Malaysian universities.

The scholarships will be offered by the Naim Trust Fund from this year.

The Fiji road project involves the rehabilitation of selected sections of the Kings Road, Queens Road between Suva and Rakiraki and city and council roads within the area.

"The existing road surface which was chip sealed will be replaced by asphalt concrete surface after undergoing the rehabilitation works," said Sepawi.

"The asphalt concrete surface will mean a major reduction in maintenance efforts as the frequency of repair work due to potholes will be drastically reduced," he said in statement.

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