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PM acknowledge the support and assistance donated by UNDP in the aftermath of TC GITA

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa,24/05/2018

The Prime Minister, Hon Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva met with the UN Assistant Secretary General and UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director for Regional Bureau for Asia and Pacific, Mr. Haoliang Xu at the Prime Minister’s Office at St George Government Building.

The purpose of Mr. Xu’s visit was to discuss UNDP’s partnership with the Government of Tonga as well as the recovery effort after Tropical Cyclone Gita.

UNDP had provided critical support for Tonga through the “Pacific Humanitarian Team” immediately after TC Gita.

In addition UNDP was instrumental in coordinating international assistance towards converting the Tonga National Cultural Centre in Tofoa into a temporary home of the Legislative Assembly after the 100 – year old Legislative Assembly building in Nuku’alofa had been destroyed by Gita.

This ensured that the Legislative Assembly could meet in the first week of March as originally scheduled.

During the meeting between the two leaders, Pohiva thanked Xu for it’s partnership with Tonga over the years as well as its critical support and assistance in the wake of TC Gita.

Accompanying Mr. Haoliang Xu, on his first visit to Tonga, was Ms. Osnat Lubrani, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Suva.

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