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Exchange of notes for grant aid for the Republic of Zambia (the Project for the Improvement of the Medical Euipment of the University Teaching Hospital)

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1. The Government of Japan has decided to extend general project grant aid to contribute to the implementation of the Project for the Improvement of the Medical Equipment of the University Teaching Hospital totaling a maximum of 324 million JPY to the Republic of Zambia. Notes to this effect were exchanged on December 11 (Fri) (local time: same day) in Lusaka, the capital city of Zambia, between Mr. Hideto Mitamura, Japanese Ambassador to Zambia, and the Honourable Dr. Situmbeko Musokotwane, MP Minister of Finance and National Planning of Zambia.

2. This project is for the provision of financial resources necessary for the upgrading of equipment in the educational hospital attached to Zambia University. This hospital carries out an important role for the preservation of health in Zambia by providing not only medical treatment, but also medical research. With this project, the capacity of the hospital as a main medical facility will be restored, and health and medical treatment will be improved

3. Zambia is a country that proactively contributes to the peace and stability of Southern Africa and is also an important supplier to Japan of mineral resources including copper and cobalt. Japan announced in the Fourth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD IV) held in May 2008 that it would renovate 1,000 hospitals and health centers. This project is an example of those efforts.

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The Republic of Zambia covers a land area of about 752.6 thousand square kilometers, has a population of 11.92 million people, and a Gross National Income (GNI) per capita of approximately 770 USD (World Bank, 2007).

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