PNG benefits from Japan’s funding

Japan's Director of Climate Change Tomoaki Ishigaki. Picture: Institute for Global Environmental Strategies

TOKYO, 16 MAY 2018 (POST COURIER) – Papua New Guinea benefits from Japan’s PEC (Pacific Environment Community) Fund of JP¥440 million (K12.57million) which was allocated to install Solar Powered Seawater Desalination Plants in Manus Province.

At the climate change briefing in Tokyo, Japan’s director of climate change Tomoaki Ishigaki said that Japan also funded PNG’s Capacity Development Project for Operationalisation of PNG Forest Resource Information Management System for Addressing Climate Change.

Japan also provided technical assistance to PNG.

“Technical skills transfer is the key for PNG’s development. Japan has invited 3976 PNG experts and engineers to Japan so far in various fields such as infrastructure development, information technology, education, health, agriculture, and fishery.

“Nearly 1000 Japanese experts have visited PNG for technical skills transfer to PNG.”

Ishigaki said that one of Japan’s technical cooperation is the Lae-Nadzab Urban Development Master Planning worth JP¥160.8 million (K4.59 million).

Others include capacity development on road maintenance, port policy and administration, resource-related revenue management, mine waste management, forest resource information management system for addressing climate change, and improvement of quality of teaching materials, quality of mathematics and science education, biodiversity conservation, etc.

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