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Speech for the Grant Contract Signing Ceremony for GGP Projects in the Republic of Vanuatu (For Water Supply Project)
By: Mr. Yukihiro Tsujimura, Second Secretary, Embassy of Japan, Friday 26th February 2010
- The Project for Water Supply for Mafelau Area
- The Project for Water Supply for Ipota Area
- The Project for Water Supply for Lavor Area
Good Morning to you all,
Today, I am delighted to represent the Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Vanuatu, H.E Mr. Yutaka Yoshizawa, in formalising Japan’s funding assistance to the three Water Supply projects namely Mafelau Area in West Epi, Ipota Area in Erromango and Lavor area in Malakula.
Access to water is not only a basic need of mankind, but a necessity to sustain, all forms of life in the world. It is often quite easily forgotten, how completely we depend on it. Human survival is dependent on water and access to clean and safe water is a basic human need. The foundation of civilizations in the world throughout human history has either been developed near rivers and water sources or at a location where access to safe, clean water was firmly secured. Our daily lives revolve around the necessity of water. From the moment we wake up to the end of chores each day, we engage in many activities where water plays a crucial role, such as drinking, washing, bathing and cleaning. Therefore, it is in recognition of this essential human need that Japan has extended this assistance in order to improve the welfare and living standards of the people of Mafelau Area, Ipota Area and Lavor area by ensuring that they have easy access to regular water supply for their daily consumption.
The funding of these three projects was made possible through Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects Programme commonly known as GGP. Japan since the inception of this programme in 1996 till 2008, has provided funding assistance to 68 projects with a total value of approximately Three Hundred Forty Million Vatu around Vanuatu and out of these a total number of eight projects were approved this year with a total value of approximately Sixty Five Million Vatu.
With this long history, Japan continues to provide support to development projects continually at the grass-roots level through its GGP Programme that is specifically designed to address basic human needs, which include basic education, water supply, health, vocational training, sanitary environment and rural infrastructure.
These assistances is an evident of manifestation of Japan’s goodwill and friendship with the people and Government of the Republic of Vanuatu and while helping development of this sector, these assistances will contribute to strengthen the friendly ties between our two countries, Japan and Vanuatu.
I look forward to the successful completion of these three projects, as it is my hope that, upon completion of these projects, the many people in these areas will greatly benefit from the new water supply system in years to come. In addition, I would like to thank the management and staff of Department of Rural Water Supply for their understanding and support rendered to Embassy officials.
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