Japan supports development in Sana’a and Ibb [Archives:2004/799/Local News]

December 16 2004

The Government of Japan has decided to extend grants to the sector of rural water supply in Sana'a Governorate and to Al-Fara'a Local Council in Ibb Governorate under the scheme of the “Grant Assistance for Grass-roots Human Security Projects”, which aims at supporting small-scale community based projects to be implemented by local governments and NGOs.
The former of the two grants amounts up to USD82,032 and shall cover the expenses of improving the water supply system in Dar Al-Shareef in Jihana District. In the presence of Mr. Abdulwahed Al-Bukhaiti, Governor of Sana'a,.the agreement to this effect is signed today in Sana'a by Mr. Yahya Ismaeel Shuga Al-Deen, Director General of Sana'a Agriculture Office and Mr. Yuichi Ishii, Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Yemen.
The latter of the two grants is for the project for construction of a health unit in Al-Fara'a District in Ibb Governorate. The project that amounts up to USD24,987 will be implemented by Al-Fara'a Local Council and shall provide essential primary health care to the inhabitants of that area. The agreement concerning this grant is signed between Mohammed ben Mohammed Ayyash, Chairman of Al-Fara'a Local Council and Mr. Yuichi Ishii, Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Yemen.
It is worth mentioning that Japan extended last August the grant amounting up to USD50,000 under the same scheme to improve water supply systems in five rural villages in Sana'a Governorate and that Japan extended two grants under the same scheme amounting approximately up to USD155,000 as contribution to the improvement of medical services in Yemen this year.
During the current Japanese fiscal year (April 2004-March 2005), thirteen projects, including above-mentioned two projects, have been so far financed in Yemen amounting up to USD865,685 in total under the above-mentioned Japanese scheme.