Ambassador of Japan to Papua New Guinea His Exellenncy Morio Matsumoto, and the chairman of the local NGO group Warenge Komba Foundation Inc. Matthew Taso, signed the grant contracts for the project for reconstruction of Tale Bridge in Wapenamanda district on Thursday at the Ambassador’s residence in Port Moresby.
The reconstruction of the bridge was awarded a grant amount of K979, 123 funded through the Grant Assistance Human for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) of the Government of Japan.
GGP contributes to empowering the people through improved basic infrastructure, education and health services targeted by Papua New Guinea Vision 2050.
The reconstruction of Tale bridge will replace the old existing bridge with a stronger and safer bridge for more than 35,000 people in Wapenamanda to travel and have access to goods and services.
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Immigration, Rimbink Pato who witnessed the signing ceremony thanked the Ambassador for Japan on behalf of the prime minister for the tremendous bi-relations.
“The reconstruction of the bridge will not only provide better connections but also creating an important corridor for the economy,” Pato said.
He said the signing of the grant is the start of the best in the relationship between PNG and Japan that are yet to come after PM O’Neill visited Japan last week to discuss various issues in strengthening the bi-relations.