Economic

Japan Funds Surobi Demining Project

Tuesday September 6, 2016
Kabul (BNA) The Embassy of Japan in Afghanistan organized yesterday a signing ceremony for a demining project in Surobi District of Kabul, a press release from the embassy said. In the ceremony held at the Embassy of Japan in Kabul, Hiroshi Takahashi, Ambassador of Japan to Afghanistan, signed the grant contract with Arifullah Azimi, Managing Director of Agency for Rehabilitation and Energy Conservation in Afghanistan (AREA) for a new demining project with a total amount of USD 538,009. The ceremony was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Economy and State Ministry for Disaster Management, the press release further added. According to the embassy, the project will be implemented in Surobi District of Kabul by Grant Assistance for Grassroots Projects (GAGP). “Under this project, around 538,043 square meters of minefields and battlefield will be cleared,” the press release noted. “These projects will save many human lives, and enable the free round trip of people and the use of the land for productive activities. Mine clearance contributes to setting a basic condition for the development such as infrastructure and agriculture, which contributes to the improvement of the economic situation in Afghanistan,” said Hiroshi Takahashi, Ambassador of Japan to Afghanistan as quoted in the press release. Japan has been contributing to the clearance of landmines and explosive remnants of war (ERWs) through Grant Assistance for Grassroots Projects (GAGP) in Afghanistan and has been assisting Afghanistan’s nation-building efforts in various fields including security, education, health, culture, humanitarian assistance, agriculture, infrastructure and its capacity building.

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