Nukualofa, Tonga – On Friday, April 13, the United States represented by Mr. Shawn Gray, U.S. Embassy Suva’s Senior Regional Security Officer, will launch an accredited course for Tongan leaders to manage projects that prevent and mitigate the impacts of natural disasters in the country.
The course is part of the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) partnership with the University of the South Pacific to help Pacific Island countries become more environmentally and disaster resilient. The five-month course will help leaders strengthen their management skills to design and implement disaster resilience projects. Class participants include mid-level managers of government departments, nongovernmental organizations, and representatives from the private sector.
This is the first training supported by the USAID’s Ready project in Tonga. USAID is rolling out the course across Pacific Island countries, where more than 400 people are expected to participate, including women and people with disabilities.
USAID’s five-year Ready project builds the capacity of governments and institutions to develop and implement effective environmental and disaster mitigation policies and strategies. Ready works in 12 Pacific Island countries: Fiji, Kiribati, Tonga, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.
For more information please contact: Regional Public Affairs Office at (679) 331-4466