Canada funded two small-scale projects in Palau that are worth over 100,000 Canadian dollars that are eyed for completion in March 2019.

The two projects are for the installation of an off-the-grid electrical, biogas, and water systems for the states of Ngchesar, Sonsorol, and Hatohobei and also for the construction of a fish market and small-scale canning facility for Kayangel and Ngarchelong.

Ambassador of Canada to the United Nations (UN) Marc-Andre Blancahrd, in a letter to Palau Ambassador to the UN Ngedikes Olai Uludong that was dated December 4, 2018, stated that although the two projects are just small-scale, these would serve as examples of Canada’s commitment to Palau and other Pacific countries.

Blanchard said that the first project, which is worth $60,000, is to support the Palau Energy Administration (PEA)in the promotion of sustainable sources of electricity, gas, and water. The second project is also worth almost $50,000 and will be implemented through the Nature Conservancy.

The second project is expected to boost economic activities among community members in Kayangel and Ngarchelong and is also aimed at strengthening the capacity of the Northern Reef Fishery Cooperative (NRFC).

Blanchard said that the two projects are funded by Canada through the Canada Fund for Local Initiative (CFLI). (Rhealyn C. Pojas)