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Three Government Ministries received equipment worth millions from the Government and People of Japan.

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23rd June, 2017 Three government ministries received products and equipments from the Japan’s Non-Project Grant Aid (NPGA) Tuesday this week at the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFFF) headquarters.

The handover ceremony included a High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) machine worth 22 million Japanese Yen for MAFFF, Endoscope Systems worth about 1.64 million pa’anga and 90 first aid kit for the Ministry of Health and three high pressure washers worth 0.13 million pa’anga for the Ministry of Lands, Survey and Natural Resources.

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Tonga, His Excellency Mr. Yukio Numata stated that the handover ceremony symbolizes the cordial relations through Japan’s Non-Project Grant Aid Projects (NPGA) signed in 2013, 2014 and 2015 for the provision of equipment.

He said, “By June of this year the respective Ministries for Agriculture, Health and Lands, each received their own sets of distinct equipment to help advance services for the people of Tonga.”

“In the previous years, both the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Lands have hosted a handover of NPGA equipment and I am glad that we continue to foster our friendship through the broadening of our interaction and cooperation. This is my first time to present an NPGA to the Ministry of Agriculture and I am grateful for the chance to have this ceremony here with the participation of officials from the other two recipient Ministries.”

Ambassador Numata said the equipment received by the three ministries comprises only 16% of the overall NPGA equipment to be handed over.

“The total amount for this assistance from 2013 to 2015 is 700 million Japanese Yen, the equivalent of  14 million pa’anga, and so far the patch that we are now celebrating is worth 111 million Japanese Yen or 2.2 million pa’anga.”

He also said there will be another shipment for the National Emergency Management Office (NEMO) next month to support the efforts to combat the effects of climate change by building resilient communities.

Minister for Agriculture, Food, Forests and Fisheries Hon Semisi Fakahau said the government of Japan over the years has continuously provided technical and financial assistance to Tonga.

He told the Japanese Ambassador and guests that he was honoured to accept the equipment which will improve people’s health, support the protection and conservation of Tonga’s natural environment and sustainable development and to ensure food security.

Hon Fakahau also expressed his sincere gratitude to the Japanese Ambassador to Tonga H.E Mr. Yukio Numata, Government and the People of Japan for the assistance.

Present in the ceremony were Government CEO’s, representatives of partner ministries and other state bodies, representatives of the private sector, representatives of the civil society and guests.

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Issued by the: Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change & Communications.

 
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