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    Japan to provide $3m for Afghan projects

    KABUL (PAN): Japan on Tuesday pledged to provide $3 million (135 million afghanis) for development projects, including schools and a hospital, in seven Afghan provinces, the Japanese envoy said.

    The projects include the construction of buildings for 12 schools, a health centre, 40 small bridges, nearly 500 metres of retaining walls and preparing policy for education of the disabled, Shigeyuki Hiroki told reporters in Kabul after signing contracts with representatives of local construction companies.

    Without going into detail, the Japanese ambassador said the projects would be implemented in Zabul, Parwan, Jawzjan, Faryab, Kabul, Uruzgan and Ghor provinces within one year.

    A representative of a local company called GORA, Ahmad Shah, said they would complete the projects in line with the contract.

    Since 2002, Japan has given Afghanistan $2 billion. In 2009, Japan pledged $5 million to Afghanistan over next five years.

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