More Ja­panese Grants for Saint Lu­cia

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By Clau­dia Elei­box

Am­bas­sador of the Gov­ern­ment of Ja­pan, His Ex­cel­lency Mit­suhiko Okada, vis­ited Saint Lu­cia for the of­fi­cial sign­ing of two grants to Saint Lu­cia. The cer­e­mony was held at the Of­fice of the Prime Min­is­ter on Thurs­day 23 Fe­bru­ary 2017.

Ms. Janet Bernard, Deputy Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary in the Depart­ment of Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment, Trans­port and Civil Avi­a­tion noted in her ad­dress that the Ja­panese gov­ern­ment has pre­vi­ously pro­vided Saint Lu­cia with grants of ¥100,000 and ¥250,000. The two ad­di­tional grants pre­sented this year are “Eco­nomic and So­cial De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme (Pro­vi­sion of Ja­panese Re­duc­tion Equip­ment) and Grant As­sis­tance for Grass­roots Hu­man Se­cu­rity Projects (Vic­to­ria and St. Jude Hospi­tals).

The hospi­tals are meant to re­ceive in-house, ad­vanced life sup­port sys­tems, new am­bu­lances, and bet­ter pro­vi­sions for med­i­cal staff to at­tend to pa­tients daily and in the case of emer­gen­cies.

Saint Lu­cia’s gen­eral adap­ta­tion to cli­mate change will also be as­sisted in the so­cial and eco­nomic as­pect with monies go­ing to­wards drainage and bridge im­ple­men­ta­tion.

Am­bas­sador Okada noted that Ja­pan prides it­self in as­sist­ing Small Is­land De­vel­op­ing States, high­light­ing that Ja­pan seeks to “fur­ther deepen co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries”.

Hon­ourable Allen Chas­tanet, H.E. Mit­suhiko Okada, and rep­re­sen­ta­tives Ul­ric Mon­de­sir and Jenette Hughes from St. Jude and Vic­to­ria Hospi­tals re­spec­tively ex­changed notes to of­fi­cially trans­fer the grants.

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