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June 21, 2018

Signing of Grant Agreement with Tonga: Introduction of disaster preparedness system to the second-highest disaster risk country in the world

photosigning ceremony

On June 21, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a grant agreement with the Government of the Kingdom of Tonga, in Nuku'alofa, to provide grant aid of up to 2.836 billion yen forthe Project for E-Customs and National Single Window for Customs Modernization.

The project will provide, throughout Tonga, a disaster preparedness radio system, a sound alert system, and equipment and facilities to the Tonga Broadcasting Commission (TBC) so that warning and safety information for natural disasters can be promptly transmitted, thereby contributing to a mitigation in the destruction caused by natural disasters.

Details for the project are provided below.

[Basic project information]
Country Kingdom of Tonga
Project title The Project for Nationwide Early Warning System and Strengthening Disaster Communications
Planned implementation period 24 months, including detailed design work and the bidding period
Executing agency Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change, and Communications (MEIDECC)
Target region, facilities The whole nation
Specific project details (provisional) (1) Facility construction/equipment procurement
Facilities: TBC broadcasting building (1,512 square meters), medium-wave transmitter hut (74 square meters)
Equipment: An emergency radio system (including radio stations, radio relay stations and radio terminals), an early warning sound alert system (including a primary radio station, sirens and remote activating receivers), a medium-wave radio broadcasting system (including a medium-wave transmission system, broadcasting equipment, an on-air studio and an archive system), maintenance and measuring tools, spare parts, other
(2) Consulting services
Detailed design work, bidding assistance, construction/ procurement supervision, (as guidance in managing the facilities) equipment operation and maintenance training, awareness activities and evacuation drill training to strengthen the community risk management organization

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