Matangi Tonga Online, 7th September 2018

The mobilization of $5.3 million pa’anga (EUR 2 million) was endorsed by the European Union on September 4 in Nauru to support Tonga's recovery efforts, after the severe damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Gita in February this year.

Mr. Jean-Louis Ville, Head of Unit for East Asia, South-East Asia and the Pacific at the European Commission Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development said the EU is proud to support Tonga as many people were severely affected by the tropical cyclone.

He said while emergency assistance was rapidly provided there is still need for medium term reconstruction.

“Following continued dialogue and exchanges with the Government of Tonga and development partners, the EU is making available EUR 2 million to support recovery efforts.”

In 2014, EU provided similar support to Tonga after Tropical Cyclone Ian.

Tonga’s Minister of Finance and National Planning, Hon. Dr Pohiva Tu'i'onetoa said the Tongan Government was grateful for the EU's generous additional support. The funds will be used to implement medium and long term recovery and rehabilitation programs that are outlined in the Disaster Recovery Framework, he said.

The fund is in addition to the EU's current bilateral development cooperation (energy sector budget support program) with the Kingdom of Tonga worth EUR 10 million (TOP$ 26 million).

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