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Georgia Donors' Conference (Japan's assistance measures)

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1. At the Georgia Donors' Conference held in Brussels on October 22 (Wed), Mr. Yasutoshi Nishimura, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, announced Japan's assistance package up to 200 million dollars for Georgia, which sustained damage from the recent conflict. The decision on the assistance was made because it was important for the international community to demonstrate solidarity for support for Georgia after the conflict, and on the basis of the policy of the Government of Japan, which has been supporting Georgia's path toward democratization and a market economy.

2. In concrete terms, Japan will provide loan aid for the improvement of the transportation infrastructure, which has a vital importance to the reconstruction of Georgia, as well as grant aid of approximately 12 million US dollars for emergency assistance to the government. With this assistance, Japan hopes that Georgia will recover from the damage caused by the conflict and return to a path of stability and development, which in turn will promote democratization and a market economy in the Caucasus region as a whole, leading to regional prosperity and stability.

3. Taking the opportunity of this Conference, Mr. Nishimura had talks separately with Dr. Bernard Kouchner, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of France, Dr. Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Member of the European-Commission in charge of External Relations and European Neighborhood Policy, and Mr. Vladimir Gurgenidze, Prime Minister of Georgia, and Japan's assistance was highly valued by them.