His Majesty King Tupou VI on Thursday performed the groundbreaking of the TP$66 million upgrade of Faua Wharf funded by the government of Japan.
The Japanese Ambassador to Tonga H.E Yuko Numata said: ” we celebrate the enduring friendship and mutual understanding between our nations through the ground breaking for the Project for Upgrading the Wharf for Domestic Transport.”
He said the new wharf showed how his government was willing to address the problems the people of Tonga faced when it comes to inter-island ferry transportation.
The Prime Minister of Tonga, Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva was appreciative and grateful of the Japanese aid funding.
“This project is symbolic pivotal role of Japan, in accelerating the social and economic development of Tonga since the establishment of diplomatic relations between our two nations,” he said.
Hon. Pohiva said the project was also an opportunity for the locals to get jobs.
“Ports encourage tourism, through facilitating visits of the global cruise business thereby generating both direct and indirect employment opportunities for the people of the Kingdom.”
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