$50m spent on community projects

Residents of Raranibulubulu with Fijian and Japanese government officials at the meeting. Picture: SERAFINA SILAITOGA

THE Japanese Government since 1990 has spent about $50 million on community projects around the country.

These projects included water, education, health, to name a few, that have benefitted Fijians. Yesterday, a team from the Japanese Government visited a $177,806 water project which has eased daily challenges for 200 residents in Macuata.

Japanese government officials visited Raranibulubulu settlement to inspect and monitor the successful project established in 2016.

The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs official Aizawa Fumikazu told residents that his government would always support the Fijian people with development projects.

“We work with the local communities, the Fijian Government and other stakeholders to ensure that the needs put forward to us through requests are being attended to,” he said.

“If the communities that apply to us qualify for our assistance then there is no problem. The Japanese Government will help out and will continue to do so. “In visiting the sites today (yesterday), we are very satisfied and happy to see that these projects have been taken good care of and looked after well by the communities.”

Mr Fumikazu said they had continued to receive a lot of applications from communities asking for funding assistance.

“In our visit, the most satisfying thing is to see the people smiling and happy about our help through the water projects,” he said.

“It’s always a good feeling knowing that we have made a difference in people’s lives.”

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