Japan Funds Majuro Water and Sewer Company
Date: September 14, 2017
Majuro, Marshall Islands
On Wednesday, September 13, 2017, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Republic of the Marshall Islands, H.E. Ambassador Hideyuki Mitsuoka and the General Manager of Majuro Water and Sewer Company (MWSC), Mr. Joseph Batol signed the Grant Contract for “the Project for Improvement of Public Water Supply and Sewer System in Majuro Atoll” at the Embassy of Japan. The grant amount up to $90,800 was funded through Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP).
MWSC takesan important role in the water supply and sewer system of Majuro Atoll; however, their two excavators were in poor condition and the fatal damages occurring frequently were huge obstacles to deal with prompt and proper installation and maintenance of water pipes on a daily basis. MWSC had been tirelessly seeking ways to perform daily services for the residents. GGP helps MWSC to purchase a medium-sized and a small-sized excavator, which are suitable for water works and plumbing on wide public roads and narrow aisles.
At the signing ceremony, the Ambassador stated the Embassy of Japan hopes that this project will be beneficial in improving the needed water services for the people of Majuro Atoll, and further acknowledges that the granted heavy equipment will be used effectively and maintained appropriately for the years to come.
The ceremony was witnessed by Hon. Minister of Works, Infrastructure and Utilities Anthony Muller, Vice Chairman of Combined Utilities Board of Directors Emil DeBrum, Marshall Energy Company CEO Jack Chong Gum, MWSC Operation Manager Halston DeBrum, MWSC JICA Senior Volunteer Takio Tamura, MWSC Finance Manager Martha Edward, as well as officials from the Embassy of Japan.
The Government of Japan launched GGP in 1996, for the purpose of responding to various development needs engaged in grassroots activities with schools, hospitals as well as local governments and NGOs in the RMI. As of September 2017, the Embassy granted 60 GGP at Majuro Atoll, and a total of 140 GGP in the RMI.
For more information, please contact:
Embassy of Japan (Email: email@example.com)
Mr. Hideyuki Yamasaki, Grassroots Grant Project Coordinator, Tel: 247-7463
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As part of SUEZ Environnement, CDE provides its customers (local authorities, industry and consumers) with concrete solutions to address new resource management challenges. Our development is based on the commitment and ambition of SUEZ Environnement to:
· support local authorities in developping together sustainable societies, smart cities that can address the new challenges of managing ressources
· support industries in the optimisation of their resources
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Heidi M. Ballendorf, Public Affairs Director Consolidated Utility Services, Guam Waterworks
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“Meeting with the delegation from New Zealand reminded me of the spirit of the Festival of Pacific Arts. Which solidifies the idea that in this vast Pacific Ocean, there exists a united effort to reduce the erosion of Pacific cultures and traditions. We are all very excited for FestPac 2016!”
— Governor Eddie Baza Calvo
Governor, delegation discuss FestPac 2016
In a meeting this afternoon with representatives from New Zealand, Governor Eddie Baza Calvo exchanged thoughts on the location of the festival grounds, and ideas on how to ensure the success of next years 12th Festival of Pacific Arts: What we own, what we have, what we share — United Voice of the Pacific.
From May 22 through June 4, 2016, Guam will host approximately 2,500 artists from 27 Pacific Island Nations during the 14-day cultural celebration. This will be the largest event to hit the island’s shores since the 1999 South Pacific Games.
”We look forward to sharing all the artwork, listening to music from different shores, and building a community through kinship,” Gov. Calvo stated. “As we come together and discover our similarities, it is also important that we accept and embrace our differences.”
Guam made its bid to host the 12th FestPac and was awarded the honor at the 10th Festival in American Samoa, in 2008. It wasn’t until July of 2012, at the 11th FestPac, when Guam officially received the festival flag.
PWWA South Pacific Utilities Benchmarking Workshop
The 2 days workshop that was held in Auckland New Zealand on the 19 & 20 February 2015 for Benchmarking was successful. There were 12 utilities represented and the following topics were discussed:
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2. Data quality and performance of individual utilities
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5. Institutional assessment of the utilities and their regulatory mechanisms and obligations
6. Screening of the investment practice of the utilities
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Interesting discussions on each topics and sharing of knowledge and issues. The Benchmarking workshop for the Northern Chapter of PWWA is scheduled for the end of May 2015.
Launching of the PWWA Benchmarking Report and signing of MoU between World Bank/IB-NET and PWWA
The 3rd PWWA Utilities Benchmarking Report was launched at the Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility (PRIF) Water & Sanitation Sector Working Group (WSSWG) Meeting in Nadi on Tuesday 13 May 2014 at Tanoa Skylodge Hotel. It was facilitated by Pavlos Evangilidis of EU and Jan Overbeek of PIAC. Members of the PRIF attended included the World Bank, NZ AID, International Water Centre, SPC and UN Habitat.
A MOU was also signed between PWWA and IB-NET with the aim of providing support to the PWWA Utility Members in their benchmarking activities and ensuring that best practice is pursued.
The PWWA Executive Board Chairman Opetaia Ravai received the Benchmarking Report and signed the MOU on behalf of the Association.
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PWWA wishes her all the best in her new posting and look forward to continue working closely with the Government of Samoa.
Launch of "The Centre for Water and Energy Engineering" in Fiji.
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PWWA would like to congratulate Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) Chief Executive Officer, Opetaia Ravatai who is also the PWWA Chairman and WAF on this milestone as it will greatly benefit all its members in the Pacific.
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Flooding in Solomon Islands
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Attached are reports from Richard Austin on the progress of SIWA during the recovery phase.
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During this visit, specialist work was undertaken by teams to develop a non-revenue water program and sort out problems with the wastewater treatment plant at Nadi. A WAF administrative officer is being trained to administer the web portal.
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REST IN PEACE
PACIFIC MINISTERS ENDORSE MAJOR WATER AGENDA
In one of the most far-reaching communiqus on water issues in the Pacific, Government Ministers from Pacific Island countries meeting at their inaugural Ministerial Forum in Papua New Guinea have committed to an agenda designed to significantly strengthen Pacific Water and Waste Waters (PWWA) role in the Pacific that will lead to stronger regional water outcomes according to the communiqu.
The Forum was part of the 8th Annual Pacific Water and Waste Water Conference held recently that included representatives of the *20 Pacific island government water utilities that operate 26 facilities that comprise the membership of PWWA.
We are aware that PWWA has been evolving over the years from a loosely knit association that had limited expectations to the Pacifics leading professional water body. It is through this Conference and the Ministers endorsement that has reinforced our role, said PWWA Chairman Opetaia Ravai.
He said that the seven-point communiqu, the outcome of the Ministers Forum, was a document of immense importance for the future of Pacific water.
- Some of the key points of the Ministers commitment in the communiqu:
- Provide strong leadership and champion the Pacific Water Agenda by bringing water and sanitation challenges faced by Pacific Water and Wastewater Utilities into prominence at the regional and national levels.
- Support the application of PWWA for CROP (The Council of Regional Organisations) in the Pacific membership under the Pacific Islands Forum to become the voice of Pacific water.
- Meet annually as a Ministerial Water Forum in the Pacific region to focus on water developments and advancements on dealing with critical issues.
- Support PWWA in its efforts to continue growing as the Pacifics leading professional water body and strengthen its capacity to support its members to strive to best industry practice and deliver regional programmes, such as benchmarking, water operators partnerships and other advocacy activities.
Mr. Opetaia said that PWWA would continue its efforts, buoyed by the Ministers communiqu, to mitigate against climate change as well as work towards delivering sustainable, affordable and accessible water and sanitation services to all.
*The 20 Pacific Island countries that comprise PWWA membership are: American Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia, Saipan, Marshall Island, Papua New Guinea, Tokelau, Guam, Samoa, Cook Islands, Tuvalu, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu, Fiji, Kiribati, Northern Mariana Islands and New Caledonia.
INCOMING CEO for PWWA
The Pacific Water and WastewaterAssociation is pleased to announce the appointment of its new Chief Executive Officer, Ms Pitolau Lusia SefoLeau of Samoa, with effect from 14 November 2016
Ms Sefo-Leau brings to the organisation an extensive range and depth of knowledge and experience of the public sector having served the Samoa Government for 33 years from 1982 to 2015, including three years in 1997-2000 as a Director’s Advisor with the Asian Development Bank. During this period, she held senior leadership roles for 25 years and led major institutional and capacity building reforms and projects including some government-wide programmes.
Her most recent previous two appointments were as the CEO for the Ministry for Revenue and as a Deputy CEO for the Ministry of Finance.
She has served on numerous Boards of SOEs and Government Reform Taskforces in Samoa, as well as serving as a member of regional and international Steering Committees and Management Boards such as the Oceania Customs Organisation, the Pacific Islands Tax Administrators Association, and the OECD Peer Review Group for Transparency in Tax Information Exchange, among others.
The PWWA is privileged to have a leader of Ms Sefo-Leau’s caliber join the organization as its first CEO, as it embarks on a new phase of establishing the organization as a permanent regional body advocating for its members as the ‘voice for water’ in the Pacific; Institutional strengthening, capacity development and regional integration, in order to deliver the expectation of its membership and work towards improved access to water and sanitation for Pacific peoples.
The Pacific Water and Wastewater Association (PWWA) was established in 1994 operating in the water and wastewater sectors. Its mission is the delivery of quality water related services that enhance the wellbeing of people throughout the Pacific Island region.
PWWA membership currently comprises of various Pacific water stakeholders including 28 Pacific Island water and wastewater utilities across 22 countries and component states, international water authorities and associations, private sector equipment and service supply companies, contractors, consultants and individuals.
PWWA is looking forward to working with Pitolau.
Opetaia Ravai (Chairman)