An estimated TOP$40 million grant aid from the Government of Japan for the installation of a Wind Power Generation System in Tongatapu was signed by the Hon Prime Minister of Tonga, Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva and the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Tonga, H.E. Mr. Yukio Numata on Tuesday 2nd, May 2017, at the Fa’onelua Convention Center.
The Exchange of Notes and Grant Agreement Signing Ceremony for Japan’s new grant Aid for “The Project for Installation of Wind Power Generation System” is expected to be completed by 2019.
The grant from Japan is channeled through Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and is presented to promote the economic and social development of the Kingdom. This project is one of the measures His Majesty’s Government is taking to ensure that clean and renewable energy is accessible and maintained for the conservation of Tonga’s environment and ecosystem.
The project includes the installation of five windmills generating 1.3WW in totals with construction expected to begin later this year.
HE Mr. Yukio Numata stated; “That the wind power project is very much unique to its formulation based on an understanding of Tonga’s vulnerabilities to natural hazards including earthquakes, tsunamis and cyclone.”
He said their aim is to contribute to establish the goal of increasing the proportion of renewable energy to 50% for Tonga’s entire electricity supply in accordance with the Government’s implementation policy in the Tonga Energy Road Map 2010/2020.
The Hon Prime Minister, Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva extended a heartfelt gratitude to the Government and people of Japan for the generous grant channeled through JICA.
He stated that energy is a vital element in Tonga’s social and economic development which enhances the wellbeing and livelihood of the Tongan people.
“Tonga was the first Pacific island country to create the first clean energy roadmap which recognizes the urgent need for a transition to renewable energy, and its commitment to obtain 100% renewable energy by 2035.”
He also acknowledged the Government and people of Japan for the generous assistance towards the project which will benefit the people of the Kingdom of Tonga.”
Mr. Toshihiro Nikai, Secretary General of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan, Mr .Masanao Ozaki, Governor of the Kochi Prefecture, Mr. Katsuya Onishi, Mayor of the Kuroshio Town, and Mr. Tohiki Nishioka, Mayor of Hirokawa Town was also presented.
Prior to the signing ceremony the Hon. Prime Minister welcomed the Secretary General of the Liberation Democratic Party of Japan, Mr. Toshihiro NIKAI on the occasion of a courtesy meeting.
Mr. Toshihiro NIKAI was thanked by the Hon. Prime Minister of Tonga for the Government of Japan’s continued commitment and cooperation towards 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development in the Kingdom as well as its contribution to the Green Climate Fund.
The Hon. Prime Minister also extended Tonga’s support to Japan’s candidacy for the Road Expedition 205 as well as his interest in the continuation of strengthening the friendly and cooperative relations between the Government of Tonga and Japan.