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Speech by Ms. Kanako Hiraoka, Second Secretary, Embassy of Japan At the Signing Ceremony for GGP Projects in the Republic of Nauru

12th March 2013, 10.00 hrs


Ladies and Gentlemen

Good morning, Omo youran

On behalf of the People and Government of Japan as well as the Embassy of Japan in Suva, I am very pleased to be here this afternoon to witness this Grant Contract signing ceremony formalising Japan’s assistance for procurement of Solar Water Purifiers for local communities and construction of Anibare Fish Market.  This is my second visit to this beautiful island of Nauru, and I wish to express my sincere gratitude to all of you for the warm hospitality extended to me during my stay here. I also wish to express my gratitude to the Department of Commerce, Industry and Environment as well as the Nauru Fisheries and Marine Resources Authority for their cooperation and partnership on these two projects.

This year marks the 45th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and the Republic of Nauru. This means that friendly and strong relations between the two countries had started before I was born!  Ever since then, Japan and Nauru have been good partners in many fields including global challenges such as climate change and environmental issues.  Furthermore, Japan has been assisting Nauru’s socio-economic development through its ODA projects. The very first Japan’s ODA project in Nauru was the Project for Improvement of the Community Boat Harbour at Anibare in 1998. Since then around 19 projects funded by Japan have been implemented to date. We are confident that two projects being formalized today will also contribute to the betterment and well being of the people in Nauru. 

In cooperation with the Department of Commerce, Industry and Environment, Solar Water Purifiers will be installed in a total of 35 locations, targeting local communities and schools, in order to provide clean drinking water.  This system enables underground lens water to be pumped up as well as sterilized and distilled by using solar power. As many of you know, Japan has been focusing on assisting the water supply sector in Nauru and has provided many water supply equipment and water distribution trucks in the past.  The Solar Water Purifiers are a new system of delivering clean drinking water being introduced to Nauru, and I hope that many more Nauruans will have easier access to clean drinking water.

For the next project, this time in partnership with the Nauru Fisheries and Marine Resources Authority, Anibare Fish Market will be constructed. Fishery is one of the most important industries in Nauru. Indeed, many Japanese including myself enjoy eating “Sushi” and “Sashimi” prepared from tuna harvested in Nauruan waters in Japan! There is no fish market in Nauru at the moment, thus the construction of a new fish market will improve distribution of seafood within the country and will certainly further promote the fisheries industry.   At the same time, people in Nauru will be able to access fresh and hygienic seafood at the fish market, which is also expected to add a healthier alternative in the diet of local people.

These 2 Projects will be implemented through Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Programme known as GGP for short. GGP was founded upon the concept of “Human Security” as an important component of Japan’s overall ODA policy.  Everyone can live with dignity by protecting and empowering individual’s right. This is too obvious, but unfortunately, we live in a difficult world where this ideal often remains unachieved.  Based on such concept of “Human Security”, therefore, Japan’s assistance under GGP has been focusing on individual people and building better societies for everyone. We are hoping that the people of Nauru will benefit upon the completion of these projects through the clean drinking water provided by the Solar Water Purifiers as well as healthier alternative provided by the new fish market in addition to strengthening the fishery sector in Nauru.

 Finally, with these few words, I am confident that these projects will be completed successfully and become good models of our cooperation and friendship immensely valued by the governments and people of Japan and the Republic of Nauru.

Thank You, Tubwa