Subject: BBC: Japan to donate funds for East Timor, Kiribati power plants
Japan to donate funds for East Timor, Kiribati power plants
July 9, 2004 10:25am Asia Intelligence Wire
Tokyo, 9 July: The Foreign Ministry said Friday [9 July] it will provide up to 1.3bn yen [about 11.95m US dollars] in grant aid for projects concerning power supply in East Timor and Kiribati.
Tokyo will extend up to 528m yen for a project to rehabilitate the sole power station in East Timor's capital Dili and a maximum of 796m yen for a project to upgrade power plant facilities in Kiribati's capital Tarawa.
In East Timor, 70 per cent of the infrastructure was destroyed following political upheavals in 1999. The rehabilitation project will trim the annual power outage in Dili and its suburbs by 10 per cent from the current 1,200 hours, the ministry said.
The ministry also said it will offer up to 344m yen in grant aid for an afforestation project in arid regions of Myanmar.
Source: Kyodo News Service, Tokyo, in English 1138 gmt 9 Jul 04
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