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Government of Japan Supports Electricity and Health Grassroots Projects

Today, on March 13, 2013, Mr. Junya Matsuura, Ambassador for the Palestinian Affairs/ Representative of Japan to the PA, signed two grants contracts totaling $220,570, at the Representative Office of Japan to the PA in Ramallah, with the representatives of Beit Sahour Cooperative Society for Health Welfare and Salem Village Council. The projects are funded by the Government of Japan through the Japan's Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP).

Beit Sahour Cooperative Society for Health Welfare has received $98,700 for the project for replacement of the laparoscopy system at the Shepherd’s Field Hospital, to provide the patients who need abdominal or gynecological surgeries appropriate laparoscopic surgery without excessive burdens by conducting open surgery or transferring them to other hospitals outside their area.

Meanwhile, Salem Village Council has received $121,870 for the project for rehabilitation and extension of the electric network in the village, to provide safe and sufficient supply of electricity for the people in Salem Village. This will be done by replacing 4700 meters of the most harmful parts of the existing wires with new cables and also by extending new 5000 meters to the districts where large numbers of households now live without the regular electricity supply.

Mr. Matsuura in his speech emphasized Japan’s firm commitment of supporting Palestinian people from human security perspective as well as the importance of implementing social and economic development projects needed for Palestinian communities.

Since 2012 Japan has extended approximately 110 million dollars of assistance to the Palestinians, which is a part of Japan’s total assistance, $1.34 billion, to the Palestinians since 1993. GGP projects have been formulated in collaboration with the Palestinian Authority through MoPAD since 2010.