» Japan Provides Funds to a School Project and Fiji Broadcasting Corporation Limited (FBCL)
The Government of Japan will provide funds totaling of US$89,200.00 (approx. F$147,800.00) to Varavu Muslim School and Fiji Broadcasting Corporation Limited (FBCL) through its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) Programme.
The Charge d'affaires of the Embassy of Japan, Mr. Kenji Miyata, and the representatives of the each recipient organisation will sign grant contracts to formalise Japan's funding at 10.30 a.m. on 13th September 2005 at the Embassy of Japan, Level 2 Dominion House, Thomson Street, Suva.
Details of each project are as follows:
- Varavu Muslim School
A sum of US$43,145.00 (approx. F$71,500.00) will be provided for the construction of a three classroom block and provision of school furniture to assist the school in solving the problem of classroom shortages. It is anticipated that approximately 3000 people from the feeder areas of Varavu, Wailailai, Sorokoba, Nadhari, Bilolo, Lausa, Natunuku, Vatia, Tagitagi and part of Waikona, Tavua will benefit from this project upon its completion.
- Fiji Broadcasting Corporation Limited (FBCL)
A sum of US$46,055.00 (approx.F$76,300.00) will be provided for the installation of two generators and automatic changeover switchboard for the Rakiraki and Namara transmitter sites. The main objective of the funding is to provide standby power supply for the Radio Fiji 1 and Radio Fiji 2 broadcasting stations which serve the interior and outer island areas, particularly for the purposes of broadcasting news and weather reports in the event of any natural disaster. The project is estimated to benefit around 200,000 people.
Japan's assistance to these projects indicates its commitment to contribute to the improvement of the living standards and welfare of people in Fiji Islands and is in line with its Official Development Assistance (ODA) policy of promoting development at the grassroots level. The GGP programme is specifically designed to address basic human needs, which include water supply, health, basic education, vocational training, sanitary environment and rural infrastructure. It is hoped that this assistance will help further strengthen the friendly ties between the governments and the people of Fiji Islands and Japan.