» Japan Provides Grants to Nausori Town Council and PacELF
The Government of Japan has approved the grant aid funding totalling US$418,511.00 (approx. F$675,000.00) under Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Programme (GGP) for the Nausori Town Council and the Pacific Programme to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis (PacELF). Grant Contracts formalising Japan’s assistance were signed between the project representatives and His Excellency, Mr. Kenro Iino, the Ambassador of Japan, at the Embassy of Japan in Suva at 10.30 a.m. on 25th January 2005.
Details of the individual projects are as follows:
- Nausori Town Council
Grant Amount: US$109,231.00 (approx. F$175,000.00)
Project: To purchase a new Garbage Compactor Truck
- Pacific Programme to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis
Grant Amount: US$309,280.00 (approx. F$500,000.00)
Project: To purchase equipment such as mosquito nets, spray machines and design and printing materials
The Nausori Town Council will use the new Garbage Compactor Truck for the sanitary and safe cartage of household refuse from Nausori area to the Naboro Landfill. It is estimated that this project will assist approximately 40,000 people in the Nausori Town Boundary Area and would ease the financial constraints the Town Council is facing in providing the rubbish disposal service.
The funding to PacELF will assist the organisation to purchase equipment that will be used for mosquito control to reduce further the transmission of lymphatic filariasis following mass drug administration (MDA) and for supporting the mosquito control activities by awareness campaigns using Information Education and Communication (IEC) materials. The estimated population to benefit from this project will be 570,000.
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.