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Tahiti Signs Aquaculture Deal with Chinese Company

Lucy Towers
27 February 2014, at 12:00am

FRENCH POLYNESIA - The French Polynesian government has signed a deal with Tian Rui International Investment for an aquaculture project on Makemo Island, which will see investments worth $1.7 billion dollars over 15 years.

The partnership between the government in Tahiti and the Chinese company was signed by the president, Gaston Flosse, and Wang Chen on behalf of the Chinese company, reports Radio New Zealand.

Under the agreement, the territory will make available 36 hectares for a 30-year period which can be renewed.

A local company is to be set up to develop the project.

Work is expected to begin in June when a quay will be built to help accommodate the vessels, which will bring in construction materials for the facilities to be built on the atoll.

The company will be providing all the equipment and over time train French Polynesians in Shanghai so that in ten years, 90 per cent of those working in the industry will be locals.