Japan grants $6 Million to support DR3 project

Japan grants $6 Million to support  DR3 project

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DILI, 12 january 2023 ( TATOLI)- The Government of Japan provide 6 million USD to support Timor-Leste improve the project of disaster risk reduction and recovery.

The grant was provided through an agreement signed between the Ambassador of Japan to Timor-Leste, Mr. Tetsuya KIMURA, and the Vice Minister and Minister Interim of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Juliao da Silva.

The 8.01 hundred million JPY is from Japan equivalent to 6 million USD used for the procurement of equipment, including heavy types of machinery, such as drainage pump vehicles, hydraulic excavators, bulldozers, dump trucks consulting services, and assistance in related technology.

This support aims to strengthen the project capacity for disaster risk reduction and recovery by updating and enhancing construction equipment for the maintenance of infrastructure related to disaster risk reduction such as roads, rivers, and drainage channels, thereby contributing to enhanced disaster resilience in Timor-Leste,

Ambassador of Japan to Timor-Leste, Kimura Tetsuya said, this project will support Timor-Leste to be more resilient against natural disasters in the future.

“Through these projects for disaster risk reduction, we wish to share the technology, skills, and knowledge that Japan has acquired over the years so that Timor-Leste will be more resilient against natural disasters in the future.” The Ambassador of Japan Kimura Tetsuya told reporters at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation at Pantai Kelapa, Dili on thursday.

Ambassador Tetsuya also added that the Government of Japan is committed to contributing to infrastructure development including disaster risk reduction which will lead to a safer life for all in Timor-Leste, especially those who belong to the most vulnerable group.

At the same place the Ministry of Public Works (MoPW) Abel Pires, said Japan is a strong partner since Timor – Leste get its independence up to now adding that today’s support marks a new history for both countries.

” With this signing of exchanging note, Japan will support funding worth $6 million which will be used to purchase 26 units of heavy equipment to do the heavy works during the natural disaster,”

According to Pires, the equipment will arrive in Timor – Leste in December 2023.

MoPW’s Institution for the management of heavy equipment (IGE) has 129 units of heavy equipment but recently the condition of heavy. The number includes stable and unstable types of equipment.



Journalist: Camilio de Sousa
Editor: Nelia B.


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