Ramallah, 20 Dzul Hijja 1434/25 October 2013 (MINA) – Japan signed Thursday two separate agreements with the villages of Azzoun and Bidya in the West Bank for a total value of almost $200,000, a press release by the Japan’s Representative Office in Ramallah said.

Junya Matsuura, Representative of Japan to the Palestinian Authority, signed the two grant agreements funded by the Government of Japan through the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) with Nimer Adwan, mayor of Azzoun, and Iyad Salama, mayor of Bidya.

A grant of $88,400 went for the rehabilitation of water network in Azzoun. This project aims to rehabilitate 2,250 meters of underground water pipes in seven different areas, benefiting 153 households (about 770 people) who will be getting adequate and clean water supply compared to the existing network, which provides water with rusty taste and low supply due to leakage and corroded pipes.

Bidya Municipality will get $105,100 for enhancing the electricity provision in the village. Through this project all Bidya citizens estimated around 10,000 people, will be able to have a stable and safe electricity supply.

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

Japan’s development assistance to the Palestinians since 1993 exceeded $1.34 billion. (T/P015/P04)


Mi’raj News Agency(MINA)


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