Japan gives $19m for emergency projects
KABUL(PAN): Japan has pledged another $19 million (856 million afghanis) to Afghanistan for three projects to protect lives and livelihoods, a statement said on Tuesday.
The money would be facilitated through the UN’s project office, or UNOPS, for three eight-month long projects, a statement from UNOPS said.
“Despite a decade of development aid, communities are still suffering from poverty, a lack of preparation for natural disasters and limited access to basic social services,” it said.
The three projects include the design and construction of a new Arthal Bridge and the rehabilitation of the existing historic bridge and approach roads into Kabul to improve transport in the city. The second project will focus on snow clearance and avalanche prevention in the Salang Pass and Samangan and Sar-i-Pul provinces, including capacity building among Ministry of Public Works officials to better clear snow and prevent avalanches.
The third project aims to improve preparedness for disaster and post-disaster responses in Ghor Province, where people are faced with cyclical occurrences of flood, drought and snow disaster.
The security situation is deteriorating, but we will continue to support the humanitarian and development efforts of the Afghan government. I am convinced that we can make a difference in the lives of Afghan population, thanks to the generous contribution from Japan,” Peter Krogh Sorensen, UNOPS director and representative, said.
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