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Tonga & Chinese government sign agreement for donations

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 08/07/2019

The Tongan and Chinese government on Friday signed an agreement for donations to the Ministry of Fisheries also the Ha’apai island group from the Guangdong province.

The first donation was a cheque for fishing boats worth $2m yen or more than $600,000 pa’anga which was presented to the Ministry of Fisheries – Hon. Semisi Fakahau.

The next donation included 100 water tanks, 6 tractors and ploughs, 50 solar street lamps, and many hospital equipments for Ha’apai.

The Health Director – Dr Siale ‘Akauola talked more on the significance of the agreement.

“This is indeed a great partnership. The Dongguang city has selected one of the most challenging areas in Tonga in the Ha’apai group to partner with. It’s an area that’s challenging in terms of difficulty and communication trying to connect up the various members of the community. You selected one of our most vulnerable area not only to disasters but also to the thrash of climate change. You have embraced the theme of not “leaving anyone behind.” to ensure the people of Ha’apai will make good use of this partnership.”

The program continued with the ribbon-cutting ceremony by the Deputy Prime Minsiter and the head of the Dongguang delegations, also the inspection of the donated goods.

Meanwhile, a representative from the Dongguang delegations said they support the initiative of leaving noone behind in this partnership with Ha’apai.

“What we have done for Tonga is under the same theme. We share the same philosophy and ideas. We are connected – we do what we can to help Tongan people. Today, we signed an agreement with Ha’apai so we hope in the new frame of friendship, we can have more exchanges including education, tourism, agriculture, fishery, cultures and so on. We also hope with our cooperation – Dongguang and Ha’apai and Tonga can have a better future, better tomorrow.”

The total costs for the donations from Dongguang was worth $5million yen or more than $1million pa’anga.

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