Japan dispatches emergency relief goods to the Republic of Guatemala in the wake of the recent earthquake

from Japan International Cooperation Agency
Published on 22 Nov 2012

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has dispatched emergency relief supplies to the Republic of Guatemala following the earthquake of 7 November.

Emergency goods to the value of 12 million yen arrived in the capital, Guatemala City, on 15 November. A handover ceremony was subsequently held at the CONRED headquarters.

The ceremony was attended by Mr Alejandro Maldonado, Executive Secretary of Coordinadora Nacional para la Reducción de Desastres (CONRED) and Mr Ivan Espinoza, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs. Mr Teruaki Nagasaki, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Mr Takeo Sasaki, Chief Representative of JICA Guatemala Office from Japan were also present.

During the ceremony, Mr Maldonado expressed his gratitude for the relief goods designed to meet the needs of impoverished citizens. He also stated that Japan’s long-term cooperation in disaster management has benefited Guatemala hugely, and expressed the country’s intention to apply what has been learned in preparation for future disasters.

Mr Nagasaki and Sasaki expressed their condolences for the victims of the earthquake and their families, and also expressed hope that the relief goods will continue to contribute to the country’s recovery and reconstruction.

The emergency goods will be distributed to victims by the Guatemalan government, with JICA monitoring both the distribution and use of all goods.