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Tonga requested to extend Fua’amotu airport’s runway

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa ,7/08/2018

The Prime Minister – ‘Akilisi Pohiva requested the Japanese Government for assistance to extend the runway at Fua’amotu Airport by 400 meters which is estimated to cost $40m pa’anga.

He made the request during his meeting with Japan’s Vice-Minister for Foreign Minister Iwao Horii.

In response Horii said the Japanese Government would like to receive more details on the project and the renovation of the existing airport terminal through  their Embassy in Nuku’alofa.

The primary purpose of the meeting was to further enhance the bilateral relations between Tonga and Japan and the agenda included the follow-up on the 8th Pacific Islands Leaders’ Meeting (PALM 8) that was held in May.

The meeting also discussed development projects that Japan had already agreed to fund through grant aid including the Wind Power Generation System that is designed to add 1.3 Megawatts to Tonga’s renewable energy portfolio, as well as the disaster risk reduction project called “Nationwide Early Warning System” (NEWS) that will cost $56 m pa’anga and includes the construction of a new headquarters for the Tonga Broadcasting Commission.

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