» Japan Provides Grant Assistance to Savusavu Town Council
The Government of Japan has provided a new Backhoe, worth US$76,659.00 (approx. F$127,500.00), under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) Programme to the Savusavu Town Council.
The Second Secretary, Ms. Reiko Konosu will represent the Ambassador of Japan, H. E. Mr. Masashi Namekawa, to officially handover the Backhoe to the representatives of the Savusavu Town Council at 11.00 a.m. on 27th January 2006 at Savusavu Town Council Office, Main Street, Savusavu.
The main objective of this funding is to assist the Savusavu Town Council to better manage the Savusavu Town environment. The Backhoe will be utilised for cleaning and upgrading the drainage system, roads and the rubbish dump site of the Savusavu Town. It is estimated that this project will assist approximately 3,100 people living within the vicinity of the Savusavu Town and would ease the financial constraints the Town Council is facing in providing the required service.
Japan’s assistance to this project 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.