A call for action to include media in the global development agenda was released in a ‘Bali Road Map’ at the end of a Global Media Forum on August 28 in Indonesia.
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Results for Development
Visiting Tonga, New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key this morning pledged around $2 million assistance to upgrade Tonga’s Teufaiva Stadium for the 2019 Pacific Games. New Zealand has also committed another $5 million towards the reconstruction of schools in Ha’apai that were destroyed by Tropical Cyclone Ian.
The World Bank on 29 May approved a US$12 million in grants and low-interest credits for the reconstruction and repair of hundreds of homes in Ha’apai, and to restore critical community facilities like markets, health centers and schools that were badly damaged by Tropical Cyclone Ian.
The Ministry of Infrastructure has stopped the Tonga Red Cross from constructing temporary shelters for families in Ha‘apai after Tropical Cyclone Ian devastated the islands in January. Two houses completed on the island of Mou’unga’one were handed over to affected families this week but the Red Cross had planned to build another 24 to alleviate the suffering.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is weeding out corruption from its development projects, barring any firm or individual it believes is cheating development projects.
Tonga signed a $23.1 million grant agreement with the Asian Development Bank to fund a Climate Resilience Sector Project on February 25 in Nuku’alofa.
All classrooms at Tupou High School’s Nukunuku Campus are being renovated by the Government of Japan.
Tonga’s third solar farm is being constructed at Vaini on Tongatapu, at a cost of $14 million (USD) under Japanese aid funding. The project will introduce a special micro-grid system to coordinate electricity generated from a variety of renewable sources in the future.
Dr Colin Tukuitonga is the new Director-General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) based in Noumea, New Caledonia effective on January 23.
King Tupou VI opened Foa’s upgraded causeway linking Foa island to the main island of Lifuka in Ha’apai yesterday December 19.
Pacific Islands fisheries development projects have received USD$45 million in allocations from the European Union over the last four years to help promote sustainable management of fisheries resources and with the aim of ensuring maximum economic returns for the region from the resources. However, the countries in the region are mainly responsible for their own development - based on national strategies, the European Union reported.
During its first year of operation Tonga’s new National Retirement Benefits Fund collected over $6.15 million pa‘anga from its membership of 4,304 employees and 308 employers, and may expect to double its membership in the future as more businesses join the statutory fund, whose administration has been supported by donor funding.
The Tonga Development Bank (TDB) opened a new Hihifo district branch at Nukunuku on 27 November, its eighth branch in Tonga.
The Japan International Cooperation Agency JICA has become a new partner to the Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility PRIF, the Asian Development Bank ADB announced today, 26 November.
Tonga and China will celebrate the 15th anniversary of their diplomatic relations on November 2, while looking forward to continuing development assistance along with opportunities for Chinese enterprises to invest in Tonga. China has also expressed an interest in closer coordination and cooperation with Tonga in international and regional affairs, according to a statement from the Chinese Ambassador to Tonga, HE Mr Wang Donghua.
A more targeted and mutually accountable Regional Partnership that clearly sets out the specific areas of the Republic of Korea’s assistance was agreed upon during a 2nd Korea-Pacific Islands Senior Officials Meeting held in Seoul this week.
The Kolovai Health Centre on the western district of Tongatapu has re-opened its doors on October 4 after being refurbished with over $20,000 pa’anga by the Australian Government, supporting the fight against Non-Communicable Diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, which are reaching epidemic levels in Tonga.
A one million pa’anga grant fund for tourism and manufacturing business development was launched by the Tonga government in Neiafu, Vava‘u on 20 September, and again in Nuku‘alofa on 23 September 2013.
Three new classrooms have been constructed for Vava’u Side School, under a T$209,000 construction project was funded by the Government of Japan as part of its Grant Assistance for grassroots human security projects around the world.
A Tongan social services provider, the Ma‘a Fafine mo e Famili, has won funding support to continue its caregiving to the elderly and disabled children for another year.