Ja­pan to aid four projects for Yen 1,004 mil­lion

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The sign­ing cer­e­mony for four grant as­sis­tance projects to­wards Bhutan un­der Ja­pan’s Of­fi­cial De­vel­op­ment As­sis­tance (ODA) scheme will be held at Em­bassy of Ja­pan in New Delhi on the 19th of De­cem­ber.

The four projects in­clude the con­struc­tion of dis­as­ter-re­silient emer­gency mo­bile net­work” as well as grant con­tracts for the project for re­con­struc­tion of ir­ri­ga­tion chan­nels in Jamkhar Ge­wog, Trashiyangtse, the project for con­struc­tion of com­mon fa­cil­ity cen­ter for tra­di­tional hand­made pa­per mak­ing in Trashiyangtse and the project for con­struc­tion of satel­lite clinic in Changjiji, Thim­phu.

In this cer­e­mony, the ex­change of note and grant con­tracts for the above projects will be signed be­tween Ma­jor Gen­eral Vestop Nam­gyel, Am­bas­sador of Bhutan to Ja­pan and Kenji Hi­ra­matsu, Am­bas­sador of Ja­pan to Bhutan.

The to­tal amount of the four projects is around Yen 1,004 mil­lion. The first project is the con­struc­tion of dis­as­ter-re­silient emer­gency mo­bile net­work with the coun­ter­part of Bhutan Tele­com Ltd and Gross Na­tional Hap­pi­ness Com­mis­sion. This project which amount to Yen 979 mil­lion is for the con­struc­tion of a backup sys­tem of mo­bile net­work in Bumthang, which cov­ers the en­tire na­tion.

The sec­ond project for grant as­sis­tance for grass­roots hu­man se­cu­rity projects (GGP) is for the re­con­struc­tion of ir­ri­ga­tion chan­nel in Jamkhar Ge­wog, Trashiyangtse. The project which amount to Yen 8.3 mil­lion is for the re-con­struc­tion the old ir­ri­ga­tion chan­nel, which is cur­rently al­most non­func­tional to be made into a con­crete chan­nel.

The third project is for the con­struc­tion of com­mon fa­cil­ity cen­ter for tra­di­tional hand­made pa­per mak­ing in Trashiyangtse. This project, the amount to Yen 8.2 mil­lion will con­struct a craft cen­ter to en­able the ar­ti­sans to dis­play prod­ucts for sale, and to con­duct a fa­cil­ity of the pa­per­mak­ing process as well as to en­sure a sta­ble work en­vi­ron­ment for staff.

The last project un­der the grant is for the con­struc­tion of satel­lite clinic in Changjiji, Thim­phu. The project amounts to Yen 8.1 mil­lion will fund the con­struc­tion of a new large-scale clinic in place of the ex­ist­ing one, which does not have enough space, in or­der to pro­vide a wide range of med­i­cal ser­vices, such as im­mu­niza­tion and child birth, as well as health coun­sel­ing.

The Gov­ern­ment of Ja­pan hopes that these four new grant projects will help to re­in­force the qual­ity of liv­ing stan­dard of the peo­ple in Bhutan by im­prov­ing dis­as­ter man­age­ment sys­tem, agri­cul­tural and in­dus­trial de­vel­op­ment, and fur­ther strengthen the friend­ship and co­op­er­a­tion, as well as ex­pand the peo­pleto-peo­ple ex­changes, be­tween Bhutan and Japen.

A new one com­ing: The Ja­pan Gov­ern­ment will fund the con­struc­tion of satel­lite clinic in Changjiji, Thim­phu. The new large-scale clinic in place of the ex­ist­ing one, which does not have enough space, in or­der to pro­vide a wide range of med­i­cal ser­vices, such as im­mu­niza­tion and child birth, as well as health coun­sel­ing.

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