Japan provided three financial grants, to the municipality of Kobar, northwest of Ramallah, and the village councils of Majdal Bani Fadel, southeast of the city of Nablus, and Jalboun, east of Jenin, within the Grant Aid Program for Community and Human Security Projects (GGP).
The agreements were signed by the Ambassador of Palestinian Affairs and Representative of Japan to Palestine, Nakashima Yoichi, with representatives of the local councils separately, at the headquarters of the Japanese representation in the city of Ramallah, today, Thursday, with a total value amounting to $250,009.
Japan provided the municipality of Koper with a grant amounting to $77,940 to expand the town’s water network, deliver water to an additional 50 families, and improve its quality by extending 1,560 meters of underground pipes in several locations in the town that are not currently connected to the water network.
It also provided the Majdal Bani Fadel Village Council with a grant worth $90,810 to expand its electricity network to serve about 120 families by supplying a 400kVA power transformer and constructing 910-meter-long high-voltage lines and 80-meter-long low-voltage lines.
The Jalboun Village Council received a grant worth $81,259 to expand the health center there, by adding new rooms in the center, to serve the people and facilitate the work of the staff working in the center.
Ambassador Yoichi stressed Japan's firm commitment to supporting the Palestinian people, from a human security perspective, and the importance of implementing social and economic development projects necessary for Palestinian communities.
Since 1993, the Government of Japan has provided official development assistance worth approximately $2.3 billion to the Palestinians, and GGP projects have been formulated in cooperation with the National Authority, through the Ministry of Finance and Planning since 2010.