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Japan announces new assistance for five projects directly benefiting people on six municipalities

Japan announces new assistance for five projects directly benefiting people on six municipalities

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DILI, 28 march 2022 (TATOLI)- Japanese Embassy has officially announced its assistance to five new projects that directly benefit the community people in six municipalities.

Japan is demonstrating the commitment to support Timor-Leste since the country gained independence.

Looking back, soon after the referendum in 1999, Japan convened the first international donors’ conference in Tokyo, taking the initiative to appeal for international assistance to support Timor-Leste. Since then, Japan has continuously supported the nation-building of this country in the field of infrastructure building, human resources development, and improvement of social services.

According to the press release published by the Japanese Embassy official site which is accessed by TATOLI Agency, Japan is officially announced to give new projects and directly benefit the community in six municipalities.

Projects are composed of the construction of two school buildings and two public clinics, and provision of three fire engines. The assistance is provided through Japan’s “Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP)” scheme.

GGP is one of the schemes through which Japan is assisting Timor-Leste. It aims at directly benefiting the community people especially in the remote areas. Japan has successfully implemented 127 projects through this scheme over the last 20 years all around the country.

The total amount of these five new projects is USD 461,226 and will be implemented by MAHON (school building construction in Molop, Bobonaro), FUNDAMOR (school building construction in Serelau, Lautem), HADEZA (clinic building construction in Balibar, Dili), FTM (clinic building construction in Uaimori, Viqueque), and Secretariat of State for Civil Protection (secondhand fire engines donated from Japan to be reused in Covlima and Baucau).

In his speech at the ceremony, Ambassador KINEFUCHI said: “This year is the 20th anniversary of the restoration of independence of Timor-Leste. It also marks the 20th anniversary of the formal relationship between Japan and Timor-Leste.

“We assisted many large-scale projects with tens of millions of dollars in funding. But we also believe in the importance of smaller-scale projects that can directly benefit the community people, especially in remote areas”.

“So far, we have completed about 200 of such projects around the country, and 127 among them are what we call GGP projects. And the 5 projects we signed today are the latest addition to this GGP category,” added.

After the signing ceremony, all the participants enjoyed a reception at the Ambassador’s residence, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the success of GGP projects implemented over the 20 years of the formal relationship between the two countries.

This evening, the contracts were signed between Masami KINEFUCHI, Ambassador of Japan to Timor-Leste, and the representatives of NGOs and Authorities who will implement the respective projects at the Embassy of Japan.

The signing ceremony was attended by Mr. Armindo Maia, Minister of Education, Mr. Bonifácio Mau Coli dos Reis, Vice Minister of Health, Mr. Joaquim José Gusmão dos Reis Martins, Secretary of State for Civil Protection, Presidents and Administrators of four Municipalities, local government officials, and representatives of beneficiary organizations.

The details of the five projects funded by the Government of Japan comprising:

Education

  1. The Project for Construction of School Building for EBF Anapal in Molop Village, Bobonaro Administrative Post, Bobonaro Municipality
  1. Implementation: MAHON
  2. Amount:US$92,592
  3. Project outlin:Construction of a school building with three classrooms equipped with blackboards and pinboards and one teachers’ room. It aims to improve the educational environment for 126 students and seven teachers.
  1. The Project for Construction of School Building for EBC Leusari in Serelau Village, Lautem Administrative Post, Lautem Municipality
  1. Implementation:FUNDAMOR
  2. Amount:US$90,967
  3. Project outline:Construction of a school building with three classrooms and five toilets. It aims to improve the educational and sanitary environment for 257 students as well as 24 teachers and staff.

 Health

  1. The Project for Construction of Public Clinic in Balibar Village, Cristo-Rei Administrative Post, Dili Municipality
  1. Implementation:HADEZTA
  2. Amount:US$92,592
  3. Project outline:Construction of a public clinic equipped with a general consultation room, maternity consultation room, emergency room, and five toilets among others. This project will improve the access to medical services for all 1,673 villagers.
  1. The Project for Construction of Public Clinic in Uaimori Village, Viqueque Administrative Post, Viqueque Municipality
  1. Implementation:Forum Tau Matan
  2. Amount:US$92,556
  3. Project outline:Construction of a public clinic with a general consultation room, maternity consultation room, and three toilets, among others. This project will improve the access to medical services for all 2,275 villagers.

 Civil protection

The Project for Reusing Secondhand Fire Engines in Covalima and Baucau Municipalities

  1. Recipient:The Secretary of State for Civil Protection
  2. Amount:US$92,519
  3. Project outline:Japan will provide 3 secondhand fire engines, one to Baucau, and two to Covalima, as well as vehicle maintenance training. This project will reinforce the capacity of emergency services and enable swift response to incidents of fire thereby protecting civilians’ lives in the municipality.

Japanese economic assistance to Timor-Leste are implemented by following schemes:

  1. Through JICA (grant and loan projects and technical assistance)
  2. Through UN Organizations, ADB, World Bank, etc
  3. Through Japanese NGOs
  4. Through GGP (local NGO, etc)

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Journalist: José Belarmino De Sá

Editor: Rafy Belo

 

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