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Japan Upgrades Facility for Women’s Capacity Building

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6 September 2012 A handover ceremony for the upgraded project of Facility for Women's Capacity Building in Tonga, funded by the Government of Japan for the Society of Kolokakala Women in Development of Tatakamotonga village, was held on Wednesday, September 5th 2012.

His Excellency Mr. Yasuo Takase, Ambassador of Japan to the Kingdom of Tonga handed over the completed project at the ceremony attended by HSH Prince Tungi, Hon. Alaileula Tuku'aho, Hon. Dr. ‘Ana Taufe'ulungaki, Minister of Education and Training, His Excellency Dr. Jonathan Austin, New Zealand High Commissioner.

The Government of Japan through Japan's Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project, GGP for the year 2011 permitted a grant of US$106,667 in support of women's empowerment and capacity building envisaged by the Society. Japan's assistance facilitated renovation of the Mata'aho Hall with construction of a kitchen, office space, storage room, lavatory and shower room inside the 40mx9m building. The assistance also covered installation of a 10,000liter water tank and construction of a 1.2meter height chain link fence to the approximated 45.3x54m2 compound. The construction work was successfully done by the Oregon Pacific International Company Limited. NZAid of kitchen facility including utensils and sewing machines were also provided as a part of this assistance.

The Society of Kolokakala Women in Development is a community based organization established in Tatakamotonga village promoting the advancement of women in all aspects of live. The Society has been registered under Tonga's Incorporated Society Act 1984 having 333 members and 10 Executive Board members.

Japan is committed to support development focusing on improving the statues of women with recognition of its significance in the joint effort of international community towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals, MDGs. Japan's assistance also serves to strengthen the friendly ties between the people and governments of the Kingdom of Tonga and Japan.


Issued by the:  Ministry of Information and Communications, Nuku'alofa, 2012. Press Release by the: Embassy of Japan Office, Nuku'alofa.

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