NUKU’ALOFA, Wednesday, October 13, 2021 – Today marked the unique joint implementation of the Global Green Growth Institute’s (GGGI) Pacific Green Entrepreneurs Network (PGEN) Program with their local partner on the ground, Tonga Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship (TYEE). The MoU was signed virtually by Dr. Frank Rijsberman, Director-General of GGGI, and Lusia Latu-Jones, President/Director of TYEE.
The MoU will facilitate strategic partnership and close collaboration between GGGI and TYEE to promote sustainable development in Tonga through the GGGI Pacific Green Entrepreneurs Network Program that seeks to deliver economic growth that is both environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive, in support of green job growth through green entrepreneurship, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and Paris Climate Agreement.
“We are excited with this unique joint implementation of the Tongan version of the Pacific Green Entrepreneurs Network Program (PGEN) 2021 with TYEE, ‘MAFOA ‘A E ATA – Youth Innovation Challenge’ as a collaboration between TYEE, Breadfruit Consulting and GGGI”, said Ms. Latu-Jones.
The 3-year PGEN program is funded by the Qatar Fund for Development and implemented by GGGI. PGEN aims to support green and inclusive job growth by supporting entrepreneurs (particularly women and youth) to develop their green and sustainable businesses – contributing to their country’s climate and sustainable development goals in Fiji, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga, and Vanuatu.
The MoU was also followed by the signing of the Consultant Contract with TYEE’s Tonga Green Entrepreneurs Consultant, Lusia Latu-Jones, who will be providing Tonga participants with more information on the program, which will start in early November 2021.
The MoU is effective from the date of signing. GGGI and TYEE will continue to communicate effectively through regular consultations to revise ongoing cooperation initiatives and identify opportunities and follow-up activities for enhancing collaboration.
About the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)
Based in Seoul, GGGI is an intergovernmental organization that supports governments of developing countries to transition to a model of economic growth that is environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive. GGGI delivers programs in over 40 partner countries with technical support, capacity building, policy planning & implementation, and by helping to build a pipeline of bankable green investment projects. More on GGGI’s events, projects, and publications can be found on www.gggi.org. You can also follow GGGI on Twitter and join us on Facebook, YouTube, and LinkedIn.
About Tonga Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship (TYEE)
Tonga Youth Employment & Entrepreneurship Inc. (TYEE) is a non-government organization established in 2014 which provides youth services aimed at helping young school leavers aged 18 to 35 to gain meaningful employment or become successful entrepreneurs through skills development and mentorship support. TYEE seeks to promote green entrepreneurship and innovation as a viable career path for aspiring young entrepreneurs. More on TYEE’s events and publications can be found on www.tyeetonga.org. You may also follow TYEE on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and LinkedIn.