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Keynote address by the Prime Minister, Lord Tu’ivakano, at the opening of the Pacific Renewable Energy & Energy Efficienty Policy Making Workshop

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09th September 2014 OPENING ADDRESS BY LORD TU’IVAKANO, PRIME MINISTER OF TONGA AT THE OPENING OF THE PACIFIC RENEWABLE ENERGY & ENERGY EFFICIENCY POLICY MAKING WORKSHOP, 9TH SEPTEMBER 2014, 9:00AM, SCENIC HOTEL

•    YOUR EXCELLENCY THE NEW ZEALAND HIGH COMMISSIONER
•    SENIOR OFFICIALS FROM THE PACIFIC
•    MR. ROBERTO IAELLORY AND HIS TEAM FROM THE WORLD BANK
•    DR. ‘ANA KOLOTO AND HER STAFF FROM USP
•    SPEAKERS & PRESENTERS
•    PARTICIPANTS
•    LADIES & GENTLEMEN

ON BEHALF OF THE TONGA GOVERNMENT I WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME YOU ALL TO THIS VERY IMPORTANT WORKSHOP

‘THE PACIFIC RENEWABLE ENERGY & ENERGY EFFICIENCY POLICY MAKING WORKSHOP.


THE TONGA ENERGY ROAD MAP [TERM] HAS THREE PHASES:
1.    PHASE 0: THE INSTITUTIONAL AND LEGAL FRAMEWORK REFORMATION

2.    PHASE 1: THE PROOF OF CONCEPT PHASE AND

3.    PHASE 2: THE PRIVATE SECTOR PHASE

THE ORDER OF THE PHASES IS VERY IMPORTANT. WE BELIEVE WE MUST HAVE A COMPLETE OPERATING LEGAL FRAMEWORK FIRST WITH STRONG LEGAL INSTITUTIONS TO DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT THE TERM.

IN REALITY, HOWEVER, SIGNIFICANT WORK HAS BEEN DONE IN PHASE 1 WITH SEVERAL PROGRAMS, BOTH IN RENEWABLE ENERGY GENERATION AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY, BEEN COMPLETED, IN IMPLEMENTATION OR IN DESIGN PHASE.

GIVEN THIS SITUATION, WE REALISED THE IMPERATIVENESS OF COMPLETING PHASE 0 IMMEDIATELY SO THAT WE CAN:

•    HAVE THE STRONG CLEAR LEGAL FRAMEWORK THAT ENGULFS THE NEW ENERGY DEVELOPMENT AND THE CHANGED ENERGY ENVIRONMENT.

•    THE INTRODUCTION OF RENEWABLE ENERGY INTO THE ENERGY MIX

•    THE EFFICIENCY PROGRAMS AND

•    FURTURE ENERGY OBJECTIVES AND OUTCOMES FOR THE SECTOR.

THE FOUNDATION OF ANY EFFECTIVE AND COMPREHENSIVE ENERGY SECTOR REFORMATION IS, OF COURSE, PRACTICAL, APPROPRIATE AND INCLUSIVE ENERGY POLICY.


THIS IS THE FOCUS OF THIS WORKSHOP AND WE ARE GLAD THAT SUCH A WORKSHOP HAS BEEN SUPPORTED BY THE WB, USP AND OTHER PACIFIC COUNTRIES.

TONGA IS VERY FOCUSED ON TERM AND ITS OUTCOMES AND STRONGLY BELIEVE THAT COMPLETING PHASE 0 IS CRITICAL FOR FURTHER DEVELOPMENT IN THE SECTOR.

THE GOVERNMENT IS LOOKING FORWARD TO DEVELOPING AN ENERGY BILL AT THE END OF THIS WORKSHOP AND ALSO REFINING THE REGULARTORY FRAMEWORK AT THE SAME TIME.

I LOOKED AT THE AGENDA FOR THE THREE DAYS AND NOTE THE CALIBRE OF SPEAKERS AND BELIEVE THAT THE OBJECTIVES FOR THE WORKSHIP WILL DEFINITELY BE ACHIEVED.

I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE USP TONGA CENTER FOR THEIR WILLINGNESS TO ASSIST THIS WORKSHOP AT THE SAME TIME GLAD TO KNOW THAT THE TWO LEARNING INSTITUTIONS ARE LOOKING AT DEVELOPING THEIR RELATIONSHIP BENEFITTING EACH OTHER: MALO E NGAUE DR ‘ANA KOLOTO, MO E PALANI LELEI KI HE KAHA’U [FORESIGHT].

I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE:
•    WORLD BANK – ROBERTO WITH THE TEAM, FOR SUPPORTING THE IDEA AND MORE IMPORTANTLY FUNDING IT.
•    SPEAKERS AND
•    PARTICIPANTS

FOR TAKING TIME OFF FROM YOUR BUSY SCHEDULE, TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS WORKSHOP AND TO ASSIST WITH THE IMPROVEMENT OF THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE TONGA ENERGY ROAD MAP. I WISH YOUR FEW DAYS IN THE KINGDOM WOULD BE ENJOYABLE AT THE SAME TIME.

I WISH YOU ALL A SUCCESSFUL DELIBERATION, MORE IMPORTANTLY THE DEVELOPMENT AND APPROVAL OF A POLICY BASE FOR EACH OF OUR COUNTRIES THAT DRIVE SUCCESSFUL REFORMATION OF OUR CHANGING ENERGY SECTOR AND ITS ENVIRONMENT.  I HAVE THE PLEASURE OF DECLARING THIS WORKSHOP OPEN.

MALO ‘AUPITO

 

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