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Japan Provides Funding Assistance for the Project for Improvement of Water Supply System for Nanumea Island and the Project for Procurement of a Tractor for Motofoua Secondary School of Tuvalu
Press Release No: /2013
Date: 20th March, 2013
The Government of Japan provides assistance worth USD $183,332 (approximately AUD $ 177,716) for two projects in Nauru through its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) Programme.
The First Secretary of Embassy of Japan to the Republic of Fiji, Mr. Takato Maki will witness the signing of grant contracts with Mr. Puatei TEVESI, Nanumea Kaupule Island Planner and Mr. Lito SIAUTELE, Principal of Motufoua Secondary School to formalise Japan’s funding assistance to these significant projects.
The signing ceremony will be hosted by the Government of Tuvalu on 20th March, 2013.
Details of the Project are as follows:
The Government of Japan will support the construction of concrete water tank with measurements of around 25m by 15m and related water supply facilities in Nanumea Island ensuring stable water supply to its people. Tuvalu including Nanumea Island often faced serious water shortages. This large water tank will ensure that more water is available during dry season with minimal drought. The Japanese Government has been assisting the water supply sector in Tuvalu in the past showing its firm commitment to better serve the people of Tuvalu.
The Government of Japan will procure a new tractor for the Motofoua Secondary School. The Motofoua Secondary School which is located in Vaitupu Island is the only secondary school in Tuvalu. The tractor will contribute to the improvement of the agriculture practice in the school as student will be able to do form work more efficiently than before. Furthermore, the transport between the port of Vaitupu Island and the school is always a challenge considering the long distances for people including teachers and students to carry their luggage to attend school.
The Government of Japan believes that by providing assistance directly to recipients in Nauru 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 rural infrastructure, sanitation and water supply as the key to socio-economic development and hopes to contribute in the improvement of the daily lives of the people of Tuvalu 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 Tuvalu.