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Japan pledges $111m for Afghan infrastructure projects

Japan pledges $111m for Afghan infrastructure projects

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Mar 10, 2012 - 20:18

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Japan, a major aid donor to Afghanistaninfo-icon, on Saturday pledged $ 111 million (5503 million afs) to fund key infrastructure development projects across the country.

Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Javed Lodin and Japanese Ambassador to Afghanistan Reiichiro Takahashi inked the multi-million aid package in the capital.

Takahashi said $22 million of the amount would be spent to construct a runway at Kabul International Airport, while $14.2 million on a similar project and parking facility at the Bamyan airport.

The Japanese envoy said another $7.5 million of the package would be used to construct a building for a computer science department in Kabul University, while the balance money to be   channeled to various other development projects in different areas.

 Lodin thanked the Japanese government for being a major donor to Afghanistan over the past 10 years.

He said the agreement was part of Japan’s $4 billion financial aid pledged towards reconstructioninfo-icon works in Afghanistan.

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