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05DJIBOUTI1136 2005-11-16 13:28:00 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Djibouti
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GOVERNMENT OF DJIBOUTI PROGRESS ON DJIBOUTI

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					UNCLAS DJIBOUTI 001136 

SIPDIS

FOR OBO/AM; OBO/REPM/AQD VICKI HARTUNG; OBO/PD/PEA
PAUL THORN
FOR AF/EX
FOR AF/E

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ABLD AMGT DJ
SUBJECT: GOVERNMENT OF DJIBOUTI PROGRESS ON DJIBOUTI
NEC CONTRACT CONDITIONS

REF STATE 206608

1.Charge d'Affaires met with Ministry of Foreign
Affairs Director of Bilateral Relations Mohamed
Ali Hassan on November 16 to impress on him USG
concern that progress is not apparent on the
infrastructure installation at/near the future
embassy site. Charge informed the Director that
USG planning and contracting/funding
requirements could be affected negatively if the
Government of Djibouti did not meet its
contractually obligated timelines. Also
discussed was the need for information about
grades and elevations as noted in reftel
paragraph 5.

2.The Director noted that he closely followed the
contract negotiations and worked consistently
with the Ministry of Finance regarding
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Djiboutian compliance with contractual
obligations. He allowed that in addition to
timing requirements related to Djiboutian
government contracting, similar to USG
requirements, the unbearable temperatures of the
summer and the general slowdown of Ramadan
impacted progress. Nevertheless, bids have been
submitted and the Ministry of Finance is
completing contracting. The Director said that
he will not be surprised at some minor delays
but he said the timelines will be almost
completely followed, and that the government's
obligations will be fulfilled near the end of
February.

3.The Charge thanked the Director for the
information and clarified that the Department of
State's ability to complete planning and
construction requirements relied on access to
appropriations. The Charge told the Director
that if funds could not be obligated during the
fiscal year, they could be lost and consequent
project delays could be extensive.

4.The Director appreciated the explanation and
d
agreed that delays were in no one's interest.
He asked to be advised when local contracts
might be available, clearly expressing interest
in local economic enhancement, to which the
Charge replied that such information could not
be provided until a construction schedule was
developed, and such development could not occur
without Djiboutian completion of their contract
obligations.

5.Post will closely follow local action and will
maintain reporting to the Department.


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