Marshalls work on delayed Japan-funded projects

11:11 am on 27 February 2016

The Marshall Islands has 75 million US dollars worth of construction projects in the pipeline for funding by Japan, but communication problems have delayed their implementation.

The new Public Works Minister, Tony Muller, said getting these moving is a top priority for his ministry.

Mr Muller said donors are begging to fund projects and usually it is the other way around.

Marshall Islands Capitol, Majuro, Government, Parliament

The Capitol Building in Majuro, the capital of the Marshall Islands Photo: RNZI

He said the government needs to clear bottlenecks to move forward on projects that are in the pipeline, but for one reason or another are stalled.

Public Works officials have been meeting with Japan officials so the projects can move.

The minister said there are three projects currently on the Japan priority list for support.

These are the Majuro fresh water and sewer improvements worth $30 million, a disaster shelter and multi-purpose facility estimated at $15 million, and an airport upgrade pegged at $30 million.

Mr Muller said the water project includes plans to build a new 15 million gallon reservoir to store additional water for Majuro residents which would increase water storage by nearly 50 percent.