Japan approves grants-in-aid for social projects in Palestine

RAMALLAH, PALESTINOW.COM — The Japanese Ambassador for Palestinian Affairs, Takeshi Okubo, signed grant contracts for three electricity and water rehabilitation projects in the West Bank, official sources announced Monday.


The Japan Representation Office in Palestine reported in a statement that Okubo signed grant contracts with representatives of Ateel municipality, the village council of Fahmeh and the municipality of Qarawat Bani Hassan, totalling 262,804 dollars.

Ateel municipality, in the Tulkarem district, will use a fund of 84,675 dollars to improve the water supply of 350 homes through the replacement of 16,000 meters of damaged pipes.

The village council of Fahmeh, in Jenin district, will use a fund of 89,129 dollars to solve electricity shortages problem and the danger of uninsulated electric cables by installing 8,000 meters of cables, an initiative that would directly benefit 2,000 residents.

Qarawat Bani Hassan municipality, in the Salfit district, will use a fund of 89,000 dollars to rehabilitate 2,000 meters of water network in the city to improve tap supply and optimize water quantity and quality for 335 households.

Okubo emphasized Japan’s strong commitment to supporting the Palestinian people from a human security perspective, as well as the importance of implementing the social and economic development projects necessary for Palestinian communities.

Japan government has extended since 1993 its official development assistance to the Palestinian territories for an approximate amount of 1.86 billion dollars.

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