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Wednesday 19th October 2016

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Disaster agencies better equipped

Reynold ‘Ofanoa. The workshop was designed and facilitated by Oxfam and more than 20 participants attended, representing NEMO, govern-

ment departments, NGOs, Tonga Red Cross Society and donors. The workshop assessed what capacities and skills would be required to manage a Category 5 cyclone in Tonga using an approach known as Humanitarian Capacity Self-Assessment. “You don’t only need technical skills to respond to a disaster,” facilitator Peter Chamberlain said. “A range of capacities are needed – coordination, communication, logistics, knowledge of finance and funding systems and many others. This approach helps to consider all of these aspects and start taking practical steps to address them.” The workshop participants identified strengths and weaknesses in the current system of disaster preparedness and agreed on an action plan to address some of the gaps highlighted by their analysis. The Tonga Health Nutrition, Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Cluster helped to organise the workshop and would take forward several of the recommendations.

Xiaopan, the Head of Policy Division of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Nuku’alofa. The Langafonua ‘a Fafine secretariat said announcements relating to the call for registration of participants for the inaugural crafts competition will be made this week three months ahead of the competition. Before the presentation, the Crown Princess welcomed members of the Executive Council and Langafonua Young Women Group. This was the first time Her Royal Highness had visited the headquarters of the

Tonga National Council of Women and the occasion was noted to be her first official duty as the Co-Chair of the Executive Council of Langafonua ‘a Fafine Tonga, a role that is shared with Her Royal Highness Princess Mele Siu’ilikutapu. The crafts competition is seen to be a major milestone toward creating a high quality standard of crafts for the tourism and the local market. It is anticipated that the crafts competition will become an annual event and will lead to identifying the best crafts artisans in the Kingdom.

Facilitator Peter Chamberlain with representatives from Line Ministries, NGOs, Tonga Red Cross Society, donor attending the two-day workshop. N U K U ’ A L O F A (MEIDECC): Local officials are now better equipped with a range of skills and knowledge that can help them organize

preventative measures and controls in case Tonga is faced with the challenge of a Category 5 cyclone or major disaster. This followed the two-day

National Emergency Management Office (NEMO) hosted workshop that focused on assessing disaster management capacity in Tonga. The two-day

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N U K U ’ A L O F A (MEIDECC): The Government of China has given $20,000 Pa’anga for the 2017 Langafonua ‘a Fafine Tonga Crafts Competition. The sponsorship was presented to Her Royal Highness, Crown Princess Sinaitakala Tuku’aho last week by the Chinese Ambassador, Mr Huang Huaguang. The money will cover prizes for the 2017 art and craft competition, which will be held on January 14. Also present at the sponsorship presentation, held at the Langafonua Centre in central Nuku’alofa, were Mrs Wang Lili and Mr Jia

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