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Japanese Technical Cooperation Project for Promotion of Regional Initiative on Solid Waste Management in Pacific Island Countries Phase II (J-PRISM II) 1st Steering Committee Meeting

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11th July 2017 The 1st Steering Committee Meeting of the Japanese Technical Cooperation Project for Promotion of Regional Initiative on Solid Waste Management in Pacific Island Countries Phase II (J-PRISM II) was officially opened by H.E Mr Kenich Kimiya, Ambassador of Japan in the Solomon Islands on Monday the 10th of July 2017 in Honiara, Solomon Islands.

H.E Mr Kenich Kimiya on his welcoming statement emphasized the importance of working together to achieve a common goal in managing waste and pollution.

According to Mr Junji Ishizuka, Chief Advisor of the Project opening remark, J-PRISM II is a continuation of J-PRISM I with a focus on strengthening human and institutional capacity for sustainable solid waste management in the Pacific Region through the implementation of the “Cleaner Pacific 2025.”

In Tonga, J-PRISM II will focus on building a foundation of sustainable solid waste management in Vava’u, with emphasis on practical implementation.  Major components of the Project will include the formulation of Waste Authority Limited’s (WAL) 5 year business plan for expanding waste management service throughout Tonga; strengthening the capacity of WAL in the outer islands through training and ongoing system development in Vava’u and the development of action plans for target islands.  Project counterparts include the CEO of the Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change and Communications (MEIDECC) and CEO of the Ministry of Health (MOH) as Project Directors and CEO of WAL as Project Manager.

Nine project member countries participated in the meeting including the Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Marshall Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu which will conclude on Tuesday the 11thof July 2017.

Tonga is represented at the meeting by Dr Siale ‘Akauola, Chief Executive Officer of MOH, Mr Malakai Lomu Sika, Chief Executive Officer of WAL and Ms Mafile’o Masi, Chief Environmentalist, MEIDECC.

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Issued by the Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change and Communication.

 
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