The Honourable Dr. Saia Ma’u Piukala, the newly appointed Minister of Public Enterprises and Minister of Health, concluded a trip to Tokyo and Okinawa, Japan where he expanded on the significance of the Japan -Tonga relationship.

The focus of the visit was to attend the bid opening ceremony and follow on negotiations for the JICA wind project which was held in a snowing Tokyo, Japan from the 22nd to 29th of January 2018.

Professor Harrie Vredenburg from the University in Calgary, Canada was in Tonga this week to visit the Tonga Department of Energy, the Tonga Power Limited and the Pacific Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (PCREEE).

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) continues to play it lead global role in promoting the widespread use and application of feasible renewable energy technologies throughout the world. IRENA has just concluded the eighth session of its Assembly which took place on the 13th-14th January 2018 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The Pacific Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (PCREEE) is committed to support island member countries of the Pacific Community (SPC) to improve access to modern, affordable and reliable energy services and energy security by promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency investments, markets and industries and to act as facilitator for innovative partnerships with the private sector.

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) has approved funding to support a proposed Asian Development Bank (ADB) program that will assist seven Pacific island countries to transition to a renewable energy future. 

The proposed Pacific Islands Renewable Energy Investment Program will assist Cook Islands, Tonga, Republic of Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, Nauru, and Samoa move away from diesel power generation and towards solar, hydropower, and wind energy.


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