The country’s outer islands are to get some much-needed heavy machinery through a deal signed in Rarotonga today (Friday 10 October, 2014).
The deal was signed between the Cook Islands government – represented by Richard Neves Secretary of Finance and Zhao Zhonging, Vice President of the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC). The arrangement is being financed by a grant from the Chinese government, and the machinery will be sourced from the Peoples’ Republic of China. It’s expected to cost about $6.4-million and will include a training package for operators and mechanics and a large spare parts inventory to be stored in Rarotonga.
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