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     Government of the Republic of Fiji

  Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service

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Media Release

Fiji Embassy in Japan hosts seminar for TC Winston assistance

 

The Fiji Embassy in Japan is working closely with its stakeholders in Tokyo to generate assistance that can be channeled towards the rehabilitation work post Tropical Cyclone Winston. 

 

The Sasakawa Peace Foundation [SPF] together with the Embassy of the Republic of Fiji in Japan held an Advocacy Seminar in Tokyo on Tuesday, 12 April 2016, to provide information on the damage assessments after TC Winston and identify the priority areas that needed assistance. 

Ambassador Isikeli Mataitoga provided an overview of the damaged sustained and potential areas of assistance that Japan could help in. This was followed by remarks from the Honorable Mr. Fukushiro Nukaga MP, Chairman of the Japan/Fiji Parliamentary Friendship League on the role they will play in supporting Fiji’s effort of rebuilding a better Fiji in the aftermath of TC Winston.

Senior government politicians, government officials, members of the local diplomatic corp, representatives of the business sector, representatives of Non-Government Organizations, academia, interested individuals and friends of Fiji in Japan attended the seminar. Over 70 people attended the seminar.

Counsellor Julia Korovou highlighted the Fijian government’s efforts during the relief period and the beginning of the rebuilding stage post TC Winston. Recent government initiatives on “Help for Home” and “Adopt A School” were also highlighted to the participants.

The seminar provided an opportunity for Ambassador Mataitoga to express Government’s deep appreciation to those in government, organizations and individuals for their generous assistance. He also noted that Fiji is looking to the Japanese Government for special expertise and funding support during the rebuilding phase based on the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

The seminar is the second stage of the Fiji Embassy efforts to raise funds for relief and rehabilitation work in Fiji. The first phase involved the opening of a bank account with a local Japanese Bank in early March coinciding with the Ambassador writing to targeted recipients including Mayor of municipalities, Governors of several Prefectural Governments that have close collaboration with Fiji, business leaders and individuals, requesting financial donation towards the Fund Appeal for TC Winston Relief and Rehabilitation. 

Senior Government politicians, government officials, members of the local diplomatic corp., representatives of the business sector, representatives of Non-Government Organizations, academia, interested individuals and friends of Fiji in Japan attended the seminar.

 

Ambassador Isikeli Mataitoga delivering his opening remarks. 1

PHOTO CAPTION: Ambassador Isikeli Mataitoga facilitating at the seminar held in Tokyo.