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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, Tuesday 21st September 2010 (13:30 hrs)
- The Project for Water Supply for Etas Area
- The Project for Water Supply and Sanitation for Mission Bay Area
- The Project for Water Supply and Sanitation for Uje Area
Good Afternoon to you all,
It is my pleasure 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 Etas Area in Efate, Mission Bay Area in Futuna and Uje area in Aneityum.
The Embassy of Japan is honoured to provide assistance to people who face difficulties associated with irregular water supply. As we all know, access to good quality water is a basic human right. Our daily lives revolve around the consumption of water from morning to the end of each day. We do things in which water plays an essential role, such as drinking, washing, bathing, and cleaning. Therefore, in recognition of this essential human necessity, the Japanese Government has extended the assistance in order to improve the welfare and living standards of the people of Vanuatu by ensuring that they have ready access to water for their daily needs.
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 2009, has provided funding assistance to 76 projects with a total value of approximately four hundred and three million Vatu around Vanuatu, and out of these projects; a total number of four projects were approved this year so far with a total value of approximately twenty one million Vatu.
With this long history, Japan continues to provide support to developmental projects 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.
I am thankful that the Government of Japan was given the opportunity to fund these projects. The new water supply systems will encourage healthy living by ensuring safe water supply for the communities. I’m sure that this assistance will strengthen the firm relationship between the people of Japan and the Republic of Vanuatu more than ever.
I look forward to the successful completion of these three projects, as it is my hope that, upon completion of these projects, people in these respective 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 the Department of Rural Water Supply for their understanding and support rendered to the Embassy officials in realising today’s ceremony.
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