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Japan provides funds for demining project

AT-KABUL: The government of Japan which is a major contributor to Afghanistan’s reconstruction, has pledged $538,009 for a new demining project in the Sarobi district of Kabul.

Hiroshi Takahashi the ambassador of Japan signed the grant contract with Arifullah Azimi, Managing Director of Agency for Rehabilitation and Energy Conservation (ARE) for a new demining project with a total amount of USD 538,009, the embassy of Japan said in a statement.

Representatives of the Ministry of economy and State Ministry for Disaster Management were also present in the signing ceremony, the statement added.

“The project would be implemented by Grant Assistance for Grassroots Projects (GAGP), under this project, around 538, 043 square meters of minefields and battlefield will be cleared,” the statement said.

Statement mentioned that all of the area that will be cleared is high-quality agricultural or grazing land that has been inaccessible for decades due to presence of mines and explosive remnants of war (ERWs).

Once cleared, these areas will be utilized productively by the local communities and this will in turn help mitigate the poverty that still blights many families around the country, the statement underlined.

“These projects will save many human lives, and enable the free movement of people and the use of the lands for productive activities,” the statement noted.

“Mine clearance contributes to setting a basic condition for the development such as infrastructure and agriculture, which contributes to the improvement of the economic situation in Afghanistan.” Japan ambassador said.

Japan has been contributing to the clearance of landmines and explosive remnants of war (ERWs) through Grant Assistance for Grassroots Projects (GAGP) in Afghanistan and has been assisting Afghanistan’s nation-building efforts in various fields including security, education, health, culture, humanitarian assistance, agriculture, infrastructure and its capacity development, the statement concluded.

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