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Japanese Cabinet To Approve $17million Grant For Disaster Resilience

Mr Omura said this was part of the Japanese Government’s commitment towards strengthening bilateral relations with Fiji.
15 Feb 2020 14:04
Japanese Cabinet To Approve $17million Grant For Disaster Resilience
Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Mereseini Vuniwaqa and Ambassador of Japan to Fiji, Omura Masahiro.

 

The Japanese Cabinet will approve a $17million grant for Fiji with the provision of materials to improve resilience against natural disasters including tsunami early warning sirens.

This was revealed by the Ambassador of Japan to Fiji, Omura Masahiro at the reception to celebrate the 60th birthday of the Emperor of Japan, Naruhito on Thursday night.

Mr Omura said this was part of the Japanese Government’s commitment towards strengthening bilateral relations with Fiji.

“Regarding development cooperation, Japanese assistance in the area of disaster mitigation and recovery is very diverse,” Mr Omura said.

“After Cyclone Winston, Japan had provided $16 million as support for recovery and mitigation.

“I signed the exchange of notes for the stand-by loan for disaster recovery with the maximum amount of $100 million last December.

“This month, new grant assistance with the amount of $17 million is about to be approved by the Japanese Cabinet on disaster resilience against natural disasters.”

50 years of bilateral relations

He said this year marked 50 years of bilateral relations between Fiji and Japan.

“During the last 50 years, our bilateral relationship has developed greatly and the exchange of visits by Very Important People of our two countries is expanding,” he said.

“Japan will continue to respond to the Fijian people’s trust in Japan and I express my personal commitment for that purpose.”

Technical co-operation

He added that technical co-operation was going on in the area of meteorology, electricity, water supply, and disaster risk reduction, shipping and waste management.

“In total 383 projects with a total amount of US$26 million (FJ $56, 997, 434.96) have been implemented since 1990.”

He said that Fiji will host the next ministerial-level meeting in Suva in July this year between Japan and the Pacific Island countries.

Edited by Percy Kean

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