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N E W S R E L E A S E

N Q D A T E

21 November. 1973

AID TO INDONESIA

Australia has decided to increase to $11.9 million

its expenditure on aid projects to develop telecommunications in

Indonesia.

Announcing this today, the Minister for Foreign Affairs,

Senator Willesee, said that the projects were an outstanding

example of the successful application of Australian technical

expertise.

Senator' Willesee said that the work was being

undertaken "by an Australian Telecommunications Mission

comprising 29 engineers, technicians and administrative

personnel, mainly from the Australian Post Office.

A major benefit· of the work would be the installation

of a telephone system linking by STD all the main centres of

Sumatra, with Jakarta and other large towns in Java.

■ Apart from supervising this work, the team was also

acting as a consultant to the Indonesian telecommunications

authority, PERUMTEL, on the general development of tele­

communications throughout Indonesia.

Senator Willesee said that the team’s work, which had

begun in 1970 and was expected to be completed in 1976, was the

largest single undertaking in Australia’s current three-year

program of civil aid to Indonesia, costing $69 million.

A memorandum of understanding setting out the

responsibilities of the Indonesian and Australian Governments

in the continuation of the projects was signed in Jakarta on the 15

November by the Indonesian Minister for Communications,

Emil Salim, and the Australian Ambassador to Indonesia,

Mr R„W = Furlonger.