29 May 2008

Marshalls seek Japanese funds for infrastructure plans

2:12 pm on 29 May 2008

The Marshall Islands is seeking Japanese funding for two multi-million dollar infrastructure projects.

The two projects are for a seven-million US dollar plan to improve water supplies on Ebeye, Wotje and Jaluit, and a plan for a new University of the South Pacific campus in Majuro at an estimated cost of more than 11 million dollars.

The Japan International Cooperation Agency is now reviewing the projects, but has not yet formally endorsed them.

Japanese infrastructure aid has been stymied for more than two years because a 10 million US dollar water reservoir plan for Majuro, approved in the mid-2000s and supposed to start in 2006, was opposed by some local landowners.

As a result, Japan refused to move forward without their consent.