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Upgrading Works on Japanese Funded Project for Improvement of Port Vila Main Wharf Begins
Embargo: Tuesday, 26th May 2009, 9.00 a.m.
The Government of Japan continues to provide grant assistance for improvement of basic infrastructure facilities in the Republic of Vanuatu. Today, the people of Vanuatu celebrated the official ground breaking of the upgraded Port Vila main wharf. The funding of this major project in Vanuatu was made available through Japan’s General Grant Aid Scheme.
The Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Vanuatu, H.E. Yutaka Yoshizawa was present in Port Vila on Tuesday, 26th May 2009, at 9.00 am to witness the official ground breaking ceremony to mark commencement of upgrading works on the Port Vila main wharf that will ensure improved wharf facilities for daily passenger and cargo handling activities.
In accordance with the detailed design based on the Exchange of Notes dated 28th of January 2008, the upgrading works at Port Vila main wharf included construction of concrete decks, pavement of cargo handling area, Westside and Eastside shore protection, administration office, rehabilitation of the shed for loose cargoes, improvement of lighting facilities in the port area, lighting buoys and procurement of pilot and tugboats. The improved facilities of the port will comply with world maritime standards and strengthened maritime transportation capacity. Future promotion of trade and tourism of Vanuatu will be enhanced by this rehabilitation work and contribute towards realising steady economic development and improving people’s livelihood.
Following a request from the Government of the Republic of Vanuatu to smoothen trade exchange both domestically and internationally, the Government of Japan decided to provide the grant aid for this project under its bilateral development assistance programme. A grant of JPY 1,754 million (approx. 1,670 million Vatu) was made available for the upgrading works at the wharf under Japan’s General Grand Aid scheme. Since the inception of Japan’s ODA scheme to Vanuatua in 1989, Japan has provided approximately 10 billion vatu to various projects under its General Grant Aid and GGP schemes around Vanuatu, and among these are Sarakata River Hydroelectric Power Station and Improvement of Port Vila main wharf projects with total funding of approximately 2,890 million vatu.
This grant aid is in line with Japan’s objective to provide sustainable and constructive support for the development of projects that contribute to the improvement of essential infrastructural facilities and, thereby, promote socio-economic development and better people’s livelihood.
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