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Japan pledges $6.68m in grant to Afghanistan

Japan pledges $6.68m in grant to Afghanistan

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Mar 18, 2012 - 19:53

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Japan pledged a $6.68 million (328.790 million afs) grant for 32 development schemes that are being executed in 11 provinces of Afghanistaninfo-icon under the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Projects (GAGP), officials said on Sunday.

A contract to the effect was inked between Japanese Ambassador to Afghanistan Reiichiro Takahashi and representatives of non-government organisations.

A statement from the Japanese Embassy said the assistance would focus on arranging vocational training courses for the disabled and construction of schools, hostels, agricultureinfo-icon facilities, healthinfo-icon centres, small water dams and demining campaigns.

It added the projects would be executed through NGOs in Kabul, Helmand, Nangarhar, Baghlan, Laghman, Panjsher, Bamyan, Ghorinfo-icon, Herat and Daikundi provinces. One hundred thousand people will benefit from the projects.

A total of 876 projects, worth $105,322, 172, have been signed under the GAGP scheme since 1999, including the 32 projects signed today.

Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador Reiichiro Takahashi said the construction of 10 schools and 9 health centres was a part of the plans.

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