Wednesday, June 22, 2005

New Pier for Meulaboh

It's been a while since ther's been much news of the progress in places such as Meulaboh, Indonesia. So it's a delight to read this in TODAYOnline (June 22), "A Singapore hand in building this Meulaboh pier", by Lee U-Wen:
FOREIGN Affairs Minister George Yeo will make a one-day trip to Indonesia's Aceh province tomorrow, to attend a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a new pier in Meulaboh. The reinforced concrete pier, which is 175m long, will replace the badly-damaged Dermaga ferry jetty, just 100m away. The project is part of the Singapore Government's US$10 million ($16.54 million) reconstruction fund, pledged in January for the tsunami-hit countries of Indonesia, Sri Lanka and the Maldives...

The $6.4 million pier project is jointly supported by the Singapore Red Cross Society and Singapore's investment arm, Temasek Holdings. When completed in February next year, it will facilitate the shipment of essential supplies into Meulaboh, said a Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) spokesman.

Mr Yeo will also witness the signing of a memorandum of understanding with the Indonesian government, to affirm Singapore's undertaking of the pier's construction.
This agreement includes the refurbishment of Meulaboh General Hospital, which Mr Yeo will also be visiting. His trip will include a stopover at a Singaporean-funded orphanage.

Mr Yeo will be accompanied by officials from MFA, Ministry of Defence, the Building and Construction Authority and the Red Cross.

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