The signing ceremony of “Japanese Grant Aid for The Third Primary Education Development Programme (PEDPIII)” was held at Economic Relations Division (ERD) of Ministry of Finance on 9th February 2016. Mr. Masato Watanabe, Ambassador of Japan to Bangladesh, and Mr. Mohammad Mejbahuddin, Senior Secretary of ERD signed Exchange of Notes representing respective governments. Mr. Mikio Hataeda, Chief Representative of JICA Bangladesh Office, also attended the ceremony and signed the Grant Agreement for the Programme.
The ambassador of Japan, Mr. Masahiko Kiya, paid a visit to the Juba Military Hospital last month where he saw patients with gunshot wounds and met with members of an International Committee of the Red Cross surgical team providing critical health care in South Sudan.
Ambassador Kiya's visit came shortly before an announcement by the government of Japan of a new contribution of $3 million for ICRC operations in South Sudan.
Second Secretary Takuhiro Watanabe attended the turnover ceremony February 4, 2016 for “The Project for the Acquisition of Two (2) Units of Light Hauling Vehicles” in the Municipality of Molave, Zamboanga del Sur. This is part of the Japan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) under the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP).
Second Secretary Takuhiro Watanabe attended the turnover ceremony February 5, 2016 for “The Project for Construction of Shelter Home for Women and Children” in the Municipality of Diplahan, Zamboanga Sibugay. This is part of the Japan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) under the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP).
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On February 6 (in the early hours of the same day, local time) an earthquake occurred in Southern Taiwan, toppling nine buildings in Tainan City, resulting in a large number of deaths and injuries to date. From the perspective of providing assistance to the many people in Taiwan facing difficult circumstances, Japan has decided to provide assistance amounting to USD 1 million to The Red Cross Society of Taiwan and other organizations to enable swift disaster relief, recovery, reconstruction, and other efforts.
South Sudan, February 05 2016 – A delegation from the Government of Japan led by HE Ambassador Masahiko made a visit to the UN-Habitat project in Gureii to inspect the ongoing work to provide clean water and sanitation, livelihood to over 10,000 internally displaced people (IDPs), community residents and measures to mitigate the perennial flooding. This is one of the two UN-Habitat project sites in South Sudan in support of the reintegration of IDPs, the other location is in Wau one of the largest cities in South Sudan.
Joint Press Release
Juba, South Sudan, 4 February 2016 – The Government of Japan, based on its commitment to support the people of South Sudan and through partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), delivered three ambulances to health facilities in three conflict-affected locations where there are 250,000 women of reproductive age in need of obstetric services.
BANGKOK, THAILAND – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the governments of Thailand and Japan today launched two projects which will help Thailand strengthen community-based disaster risk management, and support efforts to enhance financial inclusion in low income communities.
Press Release by Embassy of Japan
On 20 January 2016 Japan approved an additional grant aid worth USD 4,575,000 for the following projects of UNHCR, UNDP, IOM and UNICEF in response to the refugee and migrant crisis in the Republic of Serbia.
The outline of the projects:
UNHCR: USD 1,830,000
Support for the improvement of reception conditions and the response to the needs of refugees
Support to local health centers in affected municipalities with the provision of basic medicines and sanitation items
2 February 2015, Kurdistan Region of Iraq – On 1 February 2015, in partnership with the Ministry of Education in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, UNESCO held a ceremony, to inaugurate the newly rehabilitated Jger Khwen Secondary School for Syrian Refugees in Kawergosk Camp.
The school rehabilitation was carried out with financial support from UNHCR, with supplementary resources from the Government of Japan within the framework of the project ‘Expanding secondary education for Syrian refugees in Iraq’.
Juba — The Government of Japan conveys today the goodwill of the people of Japan by extending assistance of USD 30.9 million for the sustained humanitarian relief operations in South Sudan and the country’s effort to consolidate the hard-won peace at its critical juncture.
The month saw an intensification of Yemen’s war, amid heightened regional rivalries between Saudi Arabia and Iran complicating prospects for peace. Political tensions increased in Haiti, Guinea-Bissau and Moldova, where protests over endemic corruption and a lack of confidence in the government could escalate. In Africa, Boko Haram’s deadly attacks increased in northern Cameroon, and Burkina Faso was hit by an unprecedented terror attack.
Addis Ababa January 29, 2016 Japanese government pledged to extend over 21.7 million USD assistance for Ethiopia to support its efforts to fight off the drought.
Following discussions with Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn here on Thursday, Special Adviser to Japanese Prime Minister Katsayuki Kawai in Ethiopia told reporters that Japan is committed to support Ethiopia.
Ethiopia has been complaining about the response from the international community, saying they didn’t give attention to the situation here.
Bridgetown, Barbados - El Gobierno de Japón y el Programa de Desarrollo de las Naciones Unidas (PNUD) lanzaron el día de hoy, con una inversión de 15 millones de dolares, la iniciativa Japón-Caribe Alianza por el Cambio Climático (J-CCCP, por sus siglas en inglés). La iniciativa está alineada al Acuerdo de París sobre el Cambio Climático, para mantener el calentamiento global por debajo de 2 grados Celsius e impulsar los esfuerzos para limitar el aumento de la temperatura aún más a 1,5 grados centígrados por encima de los niveles pre-industriales.
The Project for Expansion of Drainage System for Flood Protection in Zababdeh
Today, January 28, 2016, Mr. Takeshi Okubo, Ambassador for the Palestinian Affairs and Representative of Japan to the PA, signed a Grant Contract for the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) with Mr. Sami Ibrahim, Mayor of Zababdeh, at the Representative Office of Japan in Ramallah for a total amount of $90,495.
A US $84,500 project which started last February was handed over to the Dominica Association of Local Community Authorities on Friday, January 22nd.
DALCA’s project to mitigate the effects of disasters in Bagatelle and Fond Cole got funding from the Japanese Government through its Japan Grant Assistance for Grassroots Programme.
With those funds a building was retrofitted to serve as a hurricane shelter with wheelchair ramps for the physically challenged in Fond Cole.
A fire hydrant and a storm drain were also installed in that community.
The Governments of Japan and Dominica signed an agreement on Friday, January 22nd which will mean more than US $1m in disaster resilience equipment.
According to Government, the Government of Japan has been a large contributor to disaster relief and aid to Dominica in recent times.
“Japan was one of the countries which came to the front very early after the disaster to assist us. Also, at the Donors Conference, Japan was there and made a commitment to support us following the storm,” said Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Careen Prevost.
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CONAKRY – Le Programme alimentaire mondial des Nations Unies (PAM) se réjouit de la généreuse contribution de l’Agence Japonaise de Coopération Internationale (JICA) d’un montant de 960 632 dollars américains. Cette contribution permet au PAM de venir en aide à des femmes-petits agriculteurs et des enfants en Guinée Forestière en achetant du riz produit localement pour des repas scolaires pour des milliers d’enfants et de booster ainsi l’économie locale.