Mahmoud Abbas and Shinzo Abe shakes hands. Japan pledges aid to Palestine.
Ramallah, 17 Jumadil Awwal 1438/14 February 2017 (MINA) – The Government of Japan has committed new assistance of $46,668,925 to the Palestinian people through international organizations and Japanese NGOs, WAFA reported, citing a press release by the Representative Office of Japan in Ramallah issued on Monday.
This new package includes humanitarian assistance through the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), budget assistance through the World Bank’s Palestinian Reform and Development Plan (PRDP) as well as infrastructure assistance, mainly for further development of the Jericho Agro-Industrial Park (JAIP), through UNDP.
Other projects will also be implemented in partnership with various international organizations and Japanese NGOs, said the release.
The new assistance focuses on humanitarian assistance for refugees and development plans, and support for social stabilization and de-radicalization through education and job creation for youth and promotion of women’s health among others.
“The Government of Japan is strongly committed to supporting the Palestinian nation building efforts, thereby contributing to the two-state solution,” said the press statement.
Japan has been providing assistance for the key ministries both financially and technically, in their preparation for statehood in line with Palestinian national development plans.
Japan has also provided assistance through UN agencies as well as to local NGOs and local councils through grassroots development projects.
With the new assistance, Japan’s assistance amounts to approximately $1.8 billion in total since 1993. (T/RS05/RS01)
Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)