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Japan Provides Funding Assistance for the following 8 projects in Vanuatu
Press Release No: 03/2013
Date: 5th February, 2013
The Government of Japan provides assistance worth VT 72 Million (approximately 74 million Japanese Yen) to the Lamap Community, Ministry of Agriculture, Quarantine, Forestry and Fisheries and to the Ministry of Education through Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) Programme.
The Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Vanuatu, H.E. Mr. Eiichi Oshima will sign the grant contracts with Honourable Steven Kalsakau, Vanuatu’s Minister for Education, to formalise Japan’s funding assistance to the above mentioned school projects at the Ministry of Education conference room at 9am on 6th February, 2013. The signing for Lamap Market and Fresh Water Aquaculture projects will be held respectively with Mr. Fidel Vanusoksok, Chief of Lamap Community, and Mr. Amos Moses, Director of Vanuatu Fisheries Department witnessed by Honourable Alfred Carlot, Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade conference room at 10am on 6th February, 2013 in Port Vila, Vanuatu.
Details of the Project are as follows:
The Government of Japan continues to uphold its commitment to upgrade facilities for primary education in Vanuatu in cooperation with efforts of the Government and people of Vanuatu to achieve Goal 2 of the Millennium Development Goals, which is “achieve universal primary education”. The Japanese government therefore, is honoured to assist six primary schools, namely; Fokona, Vovlei, Vanmala, Namaru, Bangabulu and Port Melau, by funding the construction of quality and safe infrastructures. The growing number of students creates a need for improvement and expansion to the school facilities. Furthermore, the current condition of these schools make it vulnerable to natural disasters such as heavy rainfalls and cyclones. Upon renovation, these new classrooms will provide students a better learning environment.
The people of Lamap community in Malekula, will benefit from the construction of a Vocational training centre with Market space in Malekula and a satellite Market in Port Vila through the Government of Japan’s assistance. The Vocational Centre empowers youths and women through various trainings and workshops such as art and craft, sewing and knitting. The Market space of the Centre in Lamap Community and the satellite Market in Port Vila will help the people of the Community with the opportunity to sell products through the Vocational Centre along with agricultural produce to assist in generating income for their livelihoods. The Government of Japan remains confident that this project has the potential to upgrade the quality of lives for the people of Lamap Community.
The Government of Japan has supported Fresh Water Aquaculture in Vanuatu through the provision of funding to build fresh water aquaculture facilities and equipment to manage the facilities. The cultivation (maintenance and production) of fresh water organisms such as tilapia and prawn farming will ensure meeting the demand and supply chain protecting. Apart from contributing towards the protection of the pristine marine environment of Vanuatu, the government of Japan also stays affirmative that more employment opportunities for local people will be created while embarking on this project.
The Government of Japan believes that by providing assistance directly to recipients in Vanuatu not only ensures effective use of the grant, but also achieves Japan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) policy objective of promoting development at the grassroots level. Japan acknowledges basic education, vocational training and rural infrastructure as some of the most important elements required for socio-economic development and hopes to contribute in the improvement of the daily lives of the people of Vanuatu through its Grant Assistance for Human Security Projects Programme (GGP). The Embassy is hopeful and confident that such cooperation will serve to strengthen the friendly ties enjoyed by the people and governments of Japan and also Vanuatu.