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Japan upgraded training facility for ‘Ahopanilolo Technical College

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03 Aug. 2012. The handoverceremony of the Project for Upgrading of ‘Ahopanilolo Technical College was held at the College at 2:00pm, Thursday, August 3rd 2012. His Excellency Mr. Yasuo Takase, Ambassador of Japan to the Kingdom of Tonga handed over the project at the ceremony.

Hon. Lisiate ‘Akolo, Minister for Finance and National Planning attended the ceremony. H.E. Mr. Takase made a speech in Tongan and mentioned that tourism is one of the important sector for Tongan economy and warm welcome and hospitality shown at this ceremony be horned into a strengthen of Tongan tourism with students' hard work and utilization of Japan-funded facilities.

The Government of Japan provided a grant of USD$90,179.00 under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project, GGP, to the Parents and Teachers Association of the College for construction of a new laundry training facility with equipments including; washing machine, dryer machine; stainless steel washing sinks; overhead cupboard/bench units; free standing ironing boards; free standing tables; water tank and an electrical pressure pump system. The assistance also covered renovation work towards the cooking room and construction of a roof onto the outdoor dining facility of the college's training restaurant - Pot Luck. The construction work was done by the Tafolo Group of Company Ltd.

‘Ahopanilolo is one of the Tertiary Colleges of the Catholic Church in Tonga established in 1969 offering a two year course for both male and female students in various field of; hospitality, commercial cooking and catering, fashion design and arts. Japanese volunteers have been dispatched to assist the college since 2003 through Japan International Cooperation Agency. Currently, the volunteer teaches art classes at the college and teaches basic skills, which can be utilized in the field of signboard painting and craft making. H.E. Mr. Takase also expressed his hope that collaboration between art students and hotel/restaurant services students be promoted for a more vibrant tourism in Tonga.

Japan has provided grant assistance to more than 120 projects in the field of education and vocational training through its GGP. It is also hoped that this assistance will serve to strengthen the friendly ties between the governments and the people of the Kingdom of Tonga and Japan.



Ms. Hola Siale Sakalia
Assistant for Political Affairs, Information & Press The Embassy of Japan
Kingdom of Tonga

Telephone #: 22-221  |  Fax #: 27-025   |   Website: www.ton.emb-japan.go.jp


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