FRANCE ORDERS 30 PERCENT CUT IN TAHITI SPENDING

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Tong Sang’s new motto: Do more with less’

PAPEÉTE, Tahiti (Tahitipresse, Sept. 29, 2010) - Tahitian public services will face some important changes in the years to come, French Polynesia President Gaston Tong Sang announced.

During a meeting held Tuesday afternoon in Papeete, Tong Sang said some public establishments may soon have to be closed.

This will be the consequences of reforms required by the French government.

French Polynesia faces budget woes and Paris urges the French Polynesian government to cut spending.

A French audit mission came in April and May and has already suggested some changes.

The French audit mission claims all the changes should be done in four years.

The goal is to cut expenses by almost 30 percent by the year 2014.

Some public establishments may disappear, some others will go on and some will merge, Tong Sang said.

The motto is basically to do more with less, Tong Sang told reporters.

The French Polynesian government said a survey will be conducted in 2011.

The survey will help see if everyone is satisfied by public services.

This will also enable the French Polynesian government to see what could be done to improve public services.

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