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This Operation has been extended in time from 1 October 2010 to 31 March 2012 (see below).

The WFP Logistics Support Unit (LSU) in Indonesia builds upon the work of the current WFP Shipping Service (10498.0) which coordinates the transport of reconstruction materials to Aceh and Nias in the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami.

Ports in the Aceh and Nias (ANNEX A) regions are now being further developed and the hinterland is opening up to new agricultural projects and trade routes. Efficient, well run ports and harbors, based on acceptable international norms, are critical for the growth of this region.

Working in coordination with the local government and partners, the LSU aims to assist the local governments in developing their port and infrastructure capacity through undertaking the following activities:

  • Providing logistics support and consultancy to private sector and humanitarian actors operating in the area;
  • Providing cargo demand forecasting;
  • Assessing, procuring and evaluating a port management and operations training.

The project will run over an initial period of 24 months, with an evaluation taking place after 18 months in order to determine the necessity of maintaining the activities for a further 12 months.

The World Bank and the Multi Donor Fund (MDF) have confirmed that funds totaling US$4.6 million remaining from the Shipping Services Special Operation will be made available for this follow-on Special Operation and have agreed that additional required funding will come from a cost-recovery account.

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