Japanese Ambassador

Japanese Grant To Uplift Tokua Airport

Nobuyuki Watanabe signed the Exchange of Notes for grant assistances of 300 million Japanese Yen (9.2 million Kina) and 510 Japanese Yen (15.6 million Kina) on behalf of their respective governments.

The signing was last Friday, February 25, the first grant of K9.2 million will be used to provide heavy equipment and plant to the National Airports Corporation (NAC) at Tokua Airport and the East New Britain Provincial Department of Works to conduct maintenance on airport operations in a safe and secure environment and also support maintenance of roads.

Contracts worth over K3m signed with Japan

The six successful recipients being awarded grant assistance under Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) were:

​Locals challenged to maintain project

Speaking during the closing of the saltwater desalination pilot project on Tuesday at Bipi Island, Minister Maru said the people of Manus were very privileged to benefit from such projects.

This project converts beach well water into fresh drinking water, using the technology of reverse osmosis and solar power.

He said many other atoll provinces, who also experience water shortage during the dry seasons, would want to have this but Manus is privileged.

"It’s a big investment. And delivering it here is more expensive than other places," Minister Maru said.