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Japan $4.8m grant to enhance ‘border security’

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Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Nasser Shraideh and Ambassador of Japan to Jordan Shimazaki Kaoru sign a grant MoU at the Ministry on Thursday. (Photo: courtesy of MoPIC)
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AMMAN — Japan has extended a new grant aid of 500 million Japanese yen, approximately $4.8 million, that will be used to buy security equipment.

In a statement, the Japanese embassy in Amman said the assistance is aimed to “enhancing the security in Jordan under the framework of Japan’s Official Development Assistance for ‘the Economic and Social Development Program’.”

The exchange of notes was signed Thursday between Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Nasser Shraideh and Ambassador of Japan to Jordan Shimazaki Kaoru at the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation.

A ministry statement quoted Shraideh as saying that the funds would be used to complete a project to enhance security measures on Jordan’s borders, covering areas that remained unequipped with the security gear after wrapping up the two first phases of the plan, which were also funded by Japanese grants worth $6.3 million.  

The ambassador said in his remarks at the ceremony that “ten years have passed since the Syrian crisis broke out in March 2011. Japan has been highly appreciating Jordan’s generous humanitarian support to the Syrian refugees in spite of its own economic and social constraints. I strongly hope that the new grant aid will support Jordan’s full-scale efforts to counter terrorism and extremism by contributing to enhancing the security in Jordan.”

Since 2009, the total assistance extended by Japan have amounted to around $1.7 billion, including $626 approximately in grants and the rest as soft loans, according to the ministry’s press release.اضافة اعلان