NUKU’ALOFA-July 11: 9am (MEIDECC): Tonga was represented at the 1st Steering Committee Meeting of the Japanese Technical Cooperation Project for Promotion of Regional Initiative on Solid Waste Management in Pacific Island Countries Phase II (J-PRISM II) in Honiara, Solomon Islands, which was held on Monday and Tuesday this week.
Tonga was represented at the meeting by Dr Siale ‘Akauola, Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Health, Mr Malakai Lomu Sika, Chief Executive Officer of Waste Authority Limited and Ms Mafile’o Masi, Chief Environmentalist, MEIDECC.
The meeting was officially opened by Mr Kenich Kimiya, Ambassador of Japan in the Solomon Islands on Monday, July 10.
Mr Kimiya emphasized the importance of working together to achieve a common goal in managing waste and pollution.
In a statement Mr Junji Ishizuka, Chief Advisor of the Project, said that J-PRISM II is a continuation of J-PRISM I with a focus on strengthening human and institutional capacity for sustainable solid waste management in the Pacific Region through the implementation of the “Cleaner Pacific 2025.”
In Tonga, J-PRISM II will focus on building a foundation of sustainable solid waste management in Vava’u, with emphasis on practical implementation.
Major components of the Project will include the formulation of Waste Authority Limited’s (WAL) 5 year business plan for expanding waste management service throughout Tonga; strengthening the capacity of WAL in the outer islands through training and ongoing system development in Vava’u and the development of action plans for target islands.
Project counterparts include the Chief Executive Officers of the Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change and Communications (MEIDECC) and the Ministry of Health (MOH) (Project Director) and CEO of Waste Authority Limited (WAL) as Project Manager.
Nine project member countries attended the Honiara meeting, including the Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Marshall Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu.