Japan funds disaster protection in Shuqra [Archives:2006/954/Local News]

June 12 2006

ABYAN, June 7 ) The government of Japan decided to grant $90,000 (USD) to the Local Council of the Abyan Governorate under the Japanese scheme called “Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project” (GGP) which aims at supporting small-scale community-based projects in fields that concern meeting basic human needs such as primary healthcare, basic education, and public welfare in developing countries.

The GGP grant will contribute to the costs of construction of a series of walls that will protect the town of Shuqra from flooding and wave action. One of the biggest fishing complexes in Yemen, the town of Shuqra has frequently been afflicted by natural disasters that have caused many casualties along with the destruction of buildings. The erection of a new line of barriers is anticipated to save lives and protect property from future natural disasters.

Farid Ahmed Mogawar, Governor of Abyan and Chairman of the Local Council of the Abyan Governorate and Yuichi Ishii, Ambassador of Japan, signed the agreement on June 7.

This is the second project to be financed by Japan under the GGP scheme in the Japanese fiscal year running from April 2006 to March 2007. During the last Japanese fiscal year, Japan funded twenty projects under the GGP scheme totaling $1,807,292 (USD).