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Government will pump U$S 165 million in Easter Island to boost development for Chile’s polynesian jewel

Government will pump U$S 165 million in Easter Island to boost development for Chile’s polynesian jewel

Posted by José Peralta on October 20, 2014

On Thursday the Budget Office (Dipres) approved an extensive US$165 million development plan for Easter Island spanning 116 improvement projects. The announcement arrives as part of government’s move towards decentralization in a bid to deliver greater political and economic autonomy to regions beyond powerful metropolitan areas.

The Commission for the Development of Easter Island (Codeipa) released details of infrastructure plans including a new airport, more advanced docking and marine supply networks, modernized sewage systems and 24-hour electricity.

“It’s an excellent proposal that will allow us to improve the island’s overall development,” Ricardo Cifuentes, undersecretary for regional development, told press.

Easter Island’s indigenous people, the Rapa Nui, have long sought infrastructure improvements to boost tourism, which the island heavily relies on economically. The investment will also cover housing subsidies for young people, urbanization projects and a network of cycle paths.

The mayor of Easter Island, Pedro Edmunds, was “satisfied” with the inclusion of residential projects and hopes the finances will reinforce Easter Island’s self-reliance. However, Edmunds said he was not “blown away” by the magnitude of the investment.

“The amount of money sounds huge, but to keep an island is expensive, it is like having a Rolls Royce,” he said. “However, what the island brings to Chile in terms of public-image and tourism is immeasurable. It is not worth US$165million or US$350million; it is simply priceless. Finally Bachelet is acting, and finally, she is being appreciated.”

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