Ja­pan boosts TC Harold re­lief

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Gov­ern­ment yes­ter­day re­ceived emer­gency re­lief sup­plies such as tents, wa­ter tanks and gen­er­a­tors worth $72,295 from Ja­pan.

Min­is­ter for Ru­ral and Mar­itime De­vel­op­ment and Na­tional Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Inia Seruiratu said Ja­pan had proven to be a very good and re­li­able friend of Fiji.

“We are liv­ing in ex­tra­or­di­nary times with the dark clouds of COVID-19 low­er­ing over us and which re­quires us to co-op­er­ate and work to­gether and the dev­as­ta­tion upon us as the re­sult of Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Harold has stretched our re­sources,” he said at the Na­tional dis­as­ter man­age­ment ware­house in Walu Bay.

“We are grate­ful for our sup­port­ing de­vel­op­ing part­ners and the donor com­mu­nity. “I truly ac­knowl­edge the sup­port pro­vided by the Gov­ern­ment of Ja­pan and JICA through­out the years,” Mr Seruiratu said. Am­bas­sador of Ja­pan Masahiro Omura said this year had been chal­leng­ing and dif­fi­cult and he con­veyed his deep­est sym­pa­thies to Fi­jians for the dev­as­ta­tion caused by TC Harold.

“It is our hope that th­ese items will sup­port the peo­ple and com­mu­ni­ties in get­ting back to some form of nor­malcy and com­ple­ment the hard work that is car­ried out by the Gov­ern­ment and sup­port from other de­vel­op­ment part­ners,” Mr Omura said. Mean­while, Gov­ern­ment will be tak­ing a loan of $45.7 mil­lion thanks to the Ja­pan In­ter­na­tional Co-op­er­a­tion Agency (JICA).

This is part of the Stand-By Loan for Dis­as­ter Re­cov­ery and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion un­der the or­gan­i­sa­tion that was an­nounced in Fe­bru­ary this year. The to­tal loan amounts to $100mil­lion.

Fiji Res­i­dent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Yukari Ono yes­ter­day said: “This is the loan for dis­as­ter con­tin­gent funds with very con­ces­sional terms and con­di­tions.”

The loan has a 0.01 per cent in­ter­est rate and 40-year re­pay­ment pe­riod.

Photo: Ron­ald Ku­mar

From left- JICA Res­i­dent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Yukari Ono, Ja­panese Am­bas­sador to Fiji Masahiro Omura and Min­is­ter for Ru­ral and Mar­itime De­vel­op­ment and Na­tional Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Inia Seruiratu, who re­ceived the re­lief items from the Gov­ern­ment of Ja­pan in Suva on May 12, 2020.

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