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THE ITALIAN MINISTER OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS, HON. MARGHERITA BONIVER, WILL VISIT THE PROVINCE OF ACEH ON DECEMBER 15TH

Date:

07/22/2011


THE ITALIAN MINISTER OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS, HON. MARGHERITA BONIVER, WILL VISIT THE PROVINCE OF ACEH ON DECEMBER 15TH

In approaching the 1st anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that hit the Indian Ocean on December 26, 2004, the Italian Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Margherita BONIVER, will visit the affected zones.           The purpose of the trip is to evaluate the ongoing Italian projects in the framework of the development cooperation for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the zones struck by the disaster.            

Arriving by state flight from Sri Lanka, Hon. Margherita Boniver, will be in the Province of Aceh on the 15th of December and will proceed to visit the sites of the Italian projects of reconstruction and rehabilitation in Bireun by helicopter.          

During her stay, Hon. Boniver will meet with the local Authorities of the Province and with the various communities that beneficiated from the Italian aid. Before her departure, Hon. Boniver will meet with the Head of the Aceh Monitoring Mission, Mr. Pieter Feith, in order to have a first hand evaluation of the peace process in the Province, after the Agreement signed on the 15th of August 2005.          

In the immediate aftermath of the tsunami, Italy decided to implement a comprehensive aid package to Indonesia. The package has three different components (financial, bilateral and multi-bilateral) as highlighted in the annex to this press release (both in English and Bahasa Indonesia). The bilateral component, called the Italian Emergency Program for the Province of Aceh, amounts over 10 million Euro and became operational since last May. The Program is directly managed by the Embassy of Italy in Jakarta through its Development Cooperation Offices in Jakarta, Banda Aceh and Bireun. The Italian Emergency Program for the Province of Aceh follows an integrated bottom-up approach and foresees interventions in the field of Housing, Health, Education and Support to Vulnerable Population, Agriculture and Fisheries. These projects are nowadays over 60% implemented.                

This is the second official visit Hon. Boniver pays to Indonesia in 2005. During her first visit on the 9th of March 2005, she signed with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, H.E. Dr. Hassan Wirajuda, a Debt-Swap Agreement for an amount of over 31million Dollars. The Agreement is now operational and the first projects in the Province of Aceh and North Sumatra under the provisions of said Agreement will be implemented soon.


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