Afghanistan and Japan sign two development projects in Nangarhar province
The Government of Japan has agreed to fund about USD 180,000 for the implementation of two new development projects in Nangarhar province of Afghanistan. An agreement to that effect was signed at the Embassy of Japan in Kabul between Charge d’Affaires ad interim of the Embassy, Mr. Yasunari Morino, and two non-governmental organization (NGOs) representatives. Through its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Projects (GAGP), the two projects will be implemented in Khewa and Sorkh Rod Districts of Nangarhar province. The first project is covering the plantation of the 500 Date’s Plants in 10 Jerib of land in the Gamberi Desert of the province, where the Peace (Japan) Medical Service (PMS) will be implementing the project. This project will be the first private dates farm in Nangarhar province and it will also provide knowledge for the local farmers in future to build up their own farms. The Second project is related to construction of orphanage in Sorkh Rod District of Nangarhar province where the project will provide safe stay for 80 orphans (Boys and Girls) and will also promote the level of education of the orphans. “These two projects will provide job opportunities for the community people which will directly improve their economic situation and will also reduce the number of Refugees.”, said Yasunari Morino. Japan has been assisting the Reconstruction of Afghanistan in various fields, including education, health, security, agriculture, culture and agriculture and infrastructure. Cumulative Japanese assistance to Afghanistan since 2002 amounts over USD 5,5 billion.