Present at the ceremony were People’s Representative to Parliament of the recipient communities, Hon. Penisimani Fifita, People Representative for Tongatapu Constituency # 10 who is also Minister for Education and Training, and Hon. Mateni Tapueluelu People’s Representative for Tongatapu Constituency # 4 who is also Minister for Police and Fire Services. Also present were Mrs. Kilisitina Tuaimeiapi of the Ministry of Finance and National Planning, Mr. ‘Aloisio Finau, Town Officer of Holonga Village and the Holonga Village Council members, Fr. Paulo ‘Amao and Brother Cruzmecias Sebastian, Principal of the Montford Technical Institute.
H.E Mr. Tetsuya Ishii in his key note address reiterated importance of Japan’s GGP projects which directly address the community’s needs and has positively and greatly impacted Tonga, saying “I am confident that through these opportunities we can join efforts to take solid steps towards overcoming hardships that the people of the Kingdom face.”
He appreciated the collaboration to initiate the projects and wished that the people of Holonga village and the students of Montfort Technical Institute would soon enjoy the outcome of the projects. “The securing of clean water and a reliable system to distribute it for people’s daily needs in accordance with the Tonga Strategic Development Framework of 2015-2025, and the promotion of technical education and training to equip youth for the future are some of our high priorities,” added the Ambassador.
Mr. ‘Aloisio Finau, Town Officer of Holonga and Brother Cruzmecias Sebastian of Montfort both thanked the Ambassador for the assistance. Brother Sebastian highlighted that Japan’s assistance to construct a student’s dormitory for Montfort will benefit the less privilege student of the outer islands.
Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grass-Roots Human Security Projects was introduced to Tonga in 1990 and since then over 260 projects have been implemented in various fields and locations throughout the Kingdom.
H.E. Mr. Ishii, Hon. Fifita, Hon. Tapueluelu and the recipient communities
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