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Speech by H.E. Mr. Eiichi Oshima, Ambassador of Japan At the Signing Ceremony for GGP Projects in the Republic of Vanuatu (For Education Projects)

on Wednesday (6th February, 2013 )(at 9.00 hours)


Ladies and Gentlemen,

Good morning to you All,

It is my great honour and privilege to represent the Government and the people of Japan in the grant contract signing ceremony formalising Japan’s assistance for renovation projects of six primary schools namely, Fokona, Vovlei, Vanmala, Namaru, Bangabulu and Port Melau.

I would like to express my admiration for the continuous efforts of the Government of Vanuatu and the people of local communities in ensuring the delivering of primary education in remote communities. I strongly believe that we share similar sentiments on the importance of education being the foundation of a prosperous future of each community and country.

In 2010, the Government of Vanuatu introduced a policy for providing free primary education. Such a commendable act has led many children all over the country have the opportunity to receive education and the number of students is remarkably growing.

It is not an easy task to provide a learning environment in rural communities similar to those of urban areas. However, I am sure with the strong leadership of the Ministry of Education combined with the strong will of the people in the local communities and the staff of primary schools, improved learning opportunities for students all over the country can be provided. The Government of Japan is honoured to be able to make a tangible contribution in such efforts by funding the renovation of primary schools in remote communities.

The Government of Japan has been supporting the Education sector of Vanuatu through its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects known as GGP in short, since 1996. By 2011, 41 projects, mainly for renovation of primary school buildings have been completed or under construction. I am indeed so proud to be here today to sign the Grant Contracts for the 6 new projects.

The GGP was founded upon the concept of “Human Security” as a component of Japan’s overall Official Development Assistance policy. Human security means focusing on individual people and building societies in which everyone can live with dignity by protecting and empowering the individual’s environment and communities that are exposed to actual or potential difficulties and challenges, especially in their daily lives. The GGP seeks to serve towards “Human Security” based on such principles.

Most of the projects being formalised today will be implemented in the remote islands and I am confident that challenges facing these schools will be minimised upon the completion of renovations. I am also happy to say that students from such localities will have access to modern facilities and enjoy studying in an improved studious environment.

Japan congratulates Vanuatu’s progressing economy that has led to its exit from the United Nations List of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in 2012.  Japan will continue to support Vanuatu in its development objectives and hopes that Vanuatu continues to achieve similar accomplishments in the future.

I am confident that these projects will also contribute towards strengthening the cordial relations and friendship between the governments and the people of Vanuatu and Japan.

Finally, with these few words, I convey my best wishes for these projects to be completed as scheduled and become good models of cooperation between the governments and the people of Japan and the Republic of Vanuatu.

Tankyu tumas.