Demonstration Center Facility Signed
On October 12, Japanese Ambassador Kazuhiro Tajiri and Minister of State of the Republic of Palau Mr. Billy G. Kuartei signed and exchanged notes to formalize the Japanese Government’s grant of six hundred and sixty-nine million Japanese Yen (or approximately US$6.6 million) for the “Project for Renovation of Palau Mariculture Demonstration Center Facility”. The signing ceremony was held at the Conference Room of the Bureau of Marine Resources, Malakal.
Present at the ceremony were Republic of Palau President Tommy Remengesau, Jr.; Minister Fleming Umiich Sengebau of Natural Resources, Environment and Tourism; Minister Charles Obichang of Public Infrastructure, Industries and Commerce; Minister Sinton Soalablai of Education; Presidential Chief of Staff Secilil Eldebechel; PICRC Chief Executive Officer Dr. Yimnang Golbuu; Governors Temmy Shmull of Peleliu, Demei Obak of Aimeliik, Henaro Polloi of Melekeok, Masahiro Renguul of Ngardmau, Laura Miles of Sonsorol and Midas Ngiracheloulu of Kayangel; and JICA Resident Representative Mr. Nobuaki Miyata, among others.
At the ceremony, Ambassador Tajiri said the project is designed to promote giant clam farming in Palau and the renovation of the Center will help Palau build a broader response to its food security challenges. He added the project will be one of those steps Japan and Palau have taken together in ensuring sustainable resources.
“It is our firm view that our collaboration will send a strong signal to the region that our efforts for sustainable future should be made not in isolation but through active partnerships,“ Ambassador Tajiri said.
President Remengesau, in his speech, said, “We cannot continue to rely entirely on the wild when it comes to subsistence and commercial food production. Palau with its partners are investing heavily in aquaculture to ensure that food availability is secure for our people and visitors. I thank the people of Japan for helping Palau take a big step towards aquaculture productivity in a new enhanced mariculture facility, helping ensure food security and improving economic opportunities for the Palauan people.” [/restrict]