June 6, 2014
Japan demonstrates its early recovery and supports Tonga with industrial products from Tohoku
The Government of Japan and the Government of the Kingdom of Tonga signed and exchanged notes on “Japan’s Grant Aid for Provision of Industrial Products in 2014 Japanese Fiscal Year” (hereafter, “2014 NPGA”), on June 6. His Excellency Dr. Kazuchika Hamuro, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Kingdom of Tonga and Lord Tu’ivakano, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Tonga signed and exchanged notes at the signing ceremony held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The total of Japanese Yen 200 million (equivalent to approximately 3.6 million Pa’anga) of non-project grant assistance aims at supporting the efforts of the Kingdom of Tonga to promote social and economic development through providing foreign currency for import of goods. Products purchased through the “2014 NPGA” are manufactured in the Tohoku Region, East part of Japan, which was affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunamis on March 11, 2011. The Government of Japan and the Government of the Kingdom of Tonga expect to install equipments to further accelerate Tonga’s efforts towards development, including early recovery of Ha’apai Islands from damages caused by Tropical Cyclone Ian, by supplementing Japan’s existing cooperation in the Kingdom of Tonga.
The “2014 NPGA” is to demonstrate the progress of Japan’s open recovery and reconstruction and the appreciation to supports extended to Japan by the People and the Government of the Kingdom of Tonga, in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunamis as well as Japan’s determined commitment to contribute to the betterment of welfare of the People in the Kingdom of Tonga and the achievement of human security.