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Japan Provides Assistance To Develop Grassroots Communities

Japan Provides Assistance To Develop Grassroots Communities
Chargé d’Affaires ad interim Tsuguyoshi Hada and Nasekula District School head teacher Sisilia Cokanauto at Japanese Embassy on March 12, 2018. Photo: Nacanieli Tuilevuka.
March 13
10:00 2018

Assistance to grassroots projects in Fiji is the Japanese government’s key objective in development co-operation within the country.

Chargé d’Affaires ad interim Tsuguyoshi Hada made this comment at the Japanese Embassy in Suva during a grant contract signing ceremony for Nasekula District School and Waidra Muslim Primary School yesterday.

Mr Hada said since its inception the Japanese Government has been providing assistance to grassroots communities in Fiji with the total value exceeding $488million.

He said the grassroots projects were in line with the Fiji Government’s national development objectives.

“The fruit of the relationship can be seen from the grassroots communities’ project, which we have assisted and which was well received,” Mr Hada said.

“We will continue to support Fiji in sustainable growth.

“Not only, do we have these schemes but we also have bigger projects, we have assisted in the refurbishment of the matternity ward at Colonial War Memorial Hospital and many other projects.”

He said the Japanese-Fiji relationship has continued to strengthen over the years.

“2017 has also been the year of further deepening of the strategic partnership featuring mutual respect and common development between Japan and Fiji,” Mr Hada said.

“Over the last year, the two sides have been working hard to implement the consensus reached by the leaders of our two countries and have achieved fruitful results in our bilateral relations.

“We will continue to support the Fijian Government and ensure our relationship strengthens.”

He said the Japanese Government was also committed in supporting the education sector which is a pillar of Japan’s development cooperation with Fiji.

“Japan prioritises education as a key component for nation building sustainable development and poverty reduction,” he said.

“Facilities such as safe and secure claswsrooms, proper school toilets, safe drinking water, and clean surroundings create a conducive learning environment which further secures children’s dignity, health and safety.

Edited by Percy Kean

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