Seated: Hon. Gustav Aitaro -Minister of State, His Excellency Akira Karasawa - Ambassador, Embassy of Japan, Ms. Linda Ngirameketii- Acting Director, Bureau of Archives & Media. Standing: Support Staff from Embassy of Japan and Ministry of State.

On March 16, 2021 the signing ceremony for the Grassroots Grant for the ‘Project for the Procurement of Radio Broadcasting Equipment to Division of Media and Information Services” under the Ministry of State-Bureau of Archives & Media took place at the EPFM/Ngerel Belau Studio in Meyuns Hamlet, Koror State.

The generous funding assistance in the amount of $73,925 is made possible by the Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects to support the scheduled upgrade of transmitter, studio transmission line (STL), and studio broadcasting equipment at the Government FM station. The project overview expresses that the Government owned radio station operating as Eco Paradise FM 87.9 which was established in 1998, is a [1]”source of information on living for the people of Palau, and in the event of an emergency”. It has been twenty-three (23) years since the station opened and there has been difficulties in maintaining the aging and breakdown of equipment especially with the rapid evolving radio technologies.

The upgrade will brace the role of the broadcasting station by updating the equipment and increasing broadcasting capability. The funding is especially needed and appreciated during this time of pandemic where information must be made available in real time manner to the public and with the climate change affecting our region and nation it is imperative that vital information is announced to the public during typhoons and disasters. The Ministry of State is profoundly grateful for the generosity and support of the Government of Japan.

[1] Project Document Overview. P2

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