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Speech by H. E. Mr. Masashi Namekawa, Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Vanuatu on the Occasion of the Signing and Exchange of Notes for the Project for Improvement of Power Generation in Sarakata River Hydroelectric Power Station to the Republic of Vanuatu

at 3.00 p.m., 6th June 2007, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Vanuatu

 

Good Afternoon to you all

I am pleased to represent the Government and people of Japan in formalising Japan’s Grant assistance to the Republic of Vanuatu. We have gathered here to witness the signing and exchange of notes ceremony, which formalises Japan’s Grant Aid to the Government of the Republic of Vanuatu for improvement of Sarakata River Hydroelectric Power Station.

In the 1990s, the Government of Japan had assisted the Government of the Republic of Vanuatu in establishing the Sarakata River Hydroelectric Power Station to replace the then diesel power generation facility and increasing power supply capacity to meet growing demand in Luganville. Recent fiscal constraints and unfavourable balance of trade made it difficult for Vanuatu to improve supply capacity of this Hydroelectric Power Station with its own budget. Therefore, in view of the need for an economical, reliable and environment friendly power supply to stimulate development, the Government of Vanuatu made a formal request to the Government of Japan to provide assistance.

In realising Vanuatu’s importance and the difficulties which Vanuatu’s people and their Government are facing, Japan decided to provide assistance through its Grant Aid Scheme. This funding assistance for the improvement of Sarakata River Hydroelectric power supply facilities is a testimony of the Government of Japan’s commitment to provide assistance in the region.

It is anticipated that this funding will comfort the Vanuatu Government’s efforts to seek funds to improve the power generation capacity at Luganville.

It is my government’s hope that all stakeholders involved in this project will work tirelessly and utilise this funding assistance wisely for the people of Vanuatu, so that the targeted benefits will be obtained from the same.

Finally, I wish to sincerely thank those responsible for realisation of this signing ceremony, in particular the officials of the Department of Foreign Affairs of Vanuatu, for their cooperation and assistance rendered to my Embassy and JICA office. Japan recognises the value of such cooperation and is committed to working with the Government of the Republic of Vanuatu towards promoting Vanuatu’s economic development and the well being of its people.

Honourable Minister, I look forward to the successful completion of civil works and installation of hydraulic turbine generators at Sarakata River Hydro-electric Power Station and sincerely hope that this project will serve to further strengthen mutual relations and friendship between the governments and peoples of Vanuatu and Japan.

Thank you.

 

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