Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA) President Dr. Shinichi Kitoaka was in the country last week in his first ever tour of three Pacific island countries including PNG and Solomon Islands, since taking up office in October 2015.
Dr. Kitoaka and his delegation paid courtesy calls on government officials including Minister for Infrastructure and Public Utilities, Mr Jotham Napat.
He was accompanied by Chief Secretary from the Office of the President, Mr Takumi Ueshima, Pacific and Southeast Asia Division 6 Director, Mr Satoshi Wakasugi, as well as Chief Representative of JICA Fiji Office, Mr. Hiroyuki Sawada.
Dr. Kitoaka was greatly delighted by the progress of the construction of the Lapetasi Multi-Purpose wharf which has achieved 42% completion rate, and is on schedule for completion by October 2017.
He was accompanied by Vanuatu Project Management Unity (VPMU) Program Director Mr Johnson Wabaiat, on a site visit to Lapetasi on Wednesday where he was briefed on the construction works progress.
On behalf of the Vanuatu government, Mr Wabaiat expressed the government’s gratitude for the approval of the second loan towards the project which enables the Vt10 billion worth of infrastructure to be completed successfully.