Officials from the Governments of Tonga and Japan held a meeting at the Fa’onelua Convention Centre on Monday April 8 to conduct the inaugural “Tonga-Japan Economic Co-operation Policy Dialogue”.
The Mango Tree Centre at Houmakelikao and the Ngele’ia Government Primary School, who offer supporting services to people with disabilities in Tongatapu, were awarded grants by the Japanese Ambassador to Tonga, HE Dr Kazuchika Hamuro, on Friday February 15.
The people of Houma were overjoyed today, as a new Water Supply System funded by the Government of Japan was turned on and handed over for their daily use.
A Tonga Micro Finance Program that would give direct support to low income earners through the provision of micro loans to be administered by the Tonga Development Bank, is to start in early February 2013, for two years.
Tonga’a Prime Minister Lord Tu’ivakano today in launching the government’s new Social Benefits Scheme for the Elderly, handed out the first envelope containing $65 pa’anga to be paid out monthly to each person who is over 75-years old in Tonga. Photos by Linny Folau.
In committing just over TOP$1 million pa’anga from the Government of Japan to fund community projects including the upgrade of water supply systems in four villages in Tongatapu and the construction of new classrooms for Vava’u Side School, the Ambassador of Japan to Tonga urged the recipients “to manage the facilities and equipment properly so they can last as long as our long-standing friendship.”
Assigning caregivers to visit homes of the most vulnerable elderly people in Tongatapu and Lifuka in Ha’apai, and to care for them for a few hours each day, is an essential service that will be provided under Tonga’s first Social Services Pilot program for the elderly.
Although the Nuku’alofa Central Business District project has been handed over to the Government of Tonga, a 12-months period binds the contractor to fix any fault identified by landholders.
Six years ago on November 16, 2006 the heart of Nuku’alofa’s Central Business District was destroyed by rioters but today a new town of commercial buildings, a wharf and roads was handed over to the Government of Tonga.
A Pangai Community Police Station in Ha’apai, renovated at a cost of over half a million pa’anga was officially opened by the Governor of Ha’apai, Lord Tu’iha’angana, on August 2.