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Providing services for people with disabilities

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2 July 2010

This is a transcript of the Statement made by H.E. Mr. Yasuo Takase, Japan's Ambassador to the Kingdom of Tonga on the occassion of signing a grant aid to the Tonga Red Cross on 2, July 2010.

Malo ho'omou lelei ki he pongipongi ni:

This morning, I am very honoured to be here to represent the people and the Government of Japan in formalising Japan's funding assistance to provide a new vehicle that can accommodate for people with disabilities at the ‘Ofa Tui ‘Amanaki (Love, Faith, Hope) Centre. This assistance will enable services that will safely transport OTA students to and from the OTA Centre, assist the transportation provision for the ‘Alonga Centre, as well as providing 24 hour transportation services for the people with disabilities here in Tongatapu.

I am very grateful to Tonga Red Cross Society for their initiative in requesting this assistance. I commend Her Majesty Queen Mata'aho and Tonga Red Cross Society for playing an important role in Tongan society by providing services for people with disabilities. It is our pleasure to contribute to the activities of the Society and Japan has already been closely cooperating with the Society. We have provided vehicles, renovated the facilities and dispatched a total of 7 volunteers. The next volunteer is scheduled to arrive early next year.

The Government of Japan decide to provide this assistance under funding from Japan's Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects, or more commonly known as the GGP. The GGP is designed to provide direct support to development projects at the grass-roots level, and this Japanese fiscal year, Japan has committed to a total of 11 projects in the Kingdom of Tonga.

The funding of the GGP is provided directly from the Japanese taxpayer and they are very keen to ensure proper implementation of Japan's assistance. Therefore we would like to see the vehicle provided under this project will be ultilized and maintained most effectively and properly.

Is is my hope, as well as the Japanese people's hope, that this assistance will not only contribute towards the social and economic welfare of the Tongan people, but also further strengthen the friendly and cordial ties existing between our two countries.

Finally, I would like to thank all those involved in formalising this project and look forward to the arrival of this vehicle here in the Kingdom of Tonga.

Thank You,

Malo ‘Aupito!


Issued by the: Embassy of Japan, Nuku'alofa, 2010.


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