Japan grants MRRD $20m in assistanceBy Zarghona Salehi Jan 27, 2013 - 15:56
KABUL (PAN): Japan agreed on Sunday to grant the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) $20 million (more than 1 billion afghanis) for development projects in Afghanistan.
An agreement to the effect was signed among Japanese Ambassador Hiroshi Takahashi, UNFPA Country Director Alvaro Rodriguez and Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development Wais Ahmad Barmak in Kabul.
The money would be spent on the national programme of regional development in one year in different provinces of the country with the cooperation of the UNFPA, Barmak said.
Meanwhile, a statement from the Japanese embassy said nearly 200,000 families in 159 districts of the country would benefit from the assistance.
Takahashi said at the signing ceremony the aid was mean for economic development of the country. “We know the people of villages of Afghanistan have several problems. I ask them to explain their needs to be solved under the programme.”
Rodriguez acknowledged Japan’s liberal assistance to Afghanistan over the past 10 years and hoped for its continued cooperation with the impoverished Central Asian nation.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Finance, Wahidullah Tawhidi, told Pajhwok Afghan News Japan is the second largest donor to Afghanistan and has so far provided more than $3 billion in aid over the past decade.