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Official Commissioning of Pacific Environment Community Funds Project (PEC Fund Project) by Hon. Poasi Tei Minister of MEIDECC

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24th April, 2018 The Government of Tonga led by the Hon. Poasi Tei Minister for MEIDECC, and including donor partners and line Ministries gathered to the pristine shores of Pangaimotu village and ‘Otea Island, Vava’u on the 19th April, 2018 to witness the official commissioning of the Pacific Environment Community Fund Project or PEC Fund Project.

Coordinated by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), the specific focus of the PEC Fund Project is on rural communities’ socio-economic improvement through solar power generation. H.E. Mr. Tetsuya Ishii, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Tonga also attended the event as well as other Cabinet Ministers.

Under the PEC Fund Project, installation of 22 solar water pumps have been installed and operating in 16 villages of ‘Uta Vava’u, which includes – Koloa, Holeva, Tu’anekivale, Mangia, Houma, Ha’akio, Longomapu, Tu’anuku, Tefisi, Taoa, Pangaimotu, ‘Utulei,Talihau, Leimatu’a, ‘Utui, and Okoa.

There is also 36 solar freezers been installed in 20 remote islands of Vava’u, and Ha’apai remote islands as well. In Vava’u these islands are – Hunga, Ovaka, Lape, Matamaka, Nuapapu, Falevai, ‘Otea, Kapa’ Taunga, Ofu; and Fonoi, Mango, ‘O’ua, Tungua, Matuku, Kotu, Fotuha’a, Lofanga, and Mo’unga’one in the islands of Ha’apai.

Installation works was started on 3rd July 2017 which was conducted by Japanese based company, Shinyo Koeki Co. Ltd with its Tongan counterpart, Kingdom Energy. The selected groups of islands are seen as the most vulnerable areas to the adverse effects of climate change.

Huge business opportunity is offered by the freezer project to women groups in the remote island of Ha’apai and Vava’u with additional money generating activities. Operational costs of village water pumping have now been reduced by almost half particularly on those village that have favorable condition and infrastructure.

The Financing Agreement of the PEC Fund Project was signed by the Ministry of Finance and National Planning and the PIFS for the Government of Japan which designates a total package of US$66 million for Pacific Islands Renewable Projects, Nexus Energy and Water. The Government of Tonga was allocated a total of US$4 million plus our local Government’s contribution of USD$100,000.

The Government of Tonga together with its people is grateful to the Government of Japan and her people for financing the PEC Fund Project, as well as other projects in Tonga. The Pacific Island Forum Secretariat has been very instrumental in coordinating the Project overall project.

Set of management guidelines and rules have already been in place under Incorporated Society Act to ensure future project maintenance. All other line Ministries especially the Ministry of Internal Affairs are playing very important role in the project management to ensure targeted strategic objectives are achievable.

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Issued by the: Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change and Communications.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 25 April 2018 10:29 )
 
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