Japan is Pakistan’s second-largest donor, says ambassador

Japanese Ambassador Mitsuhiro Wada said Japan was Pakistan’s second largest donor.

Japan’s Ambassador to Pakistan visited Federal Economic Affairs Minister Omar Ayub Khan on Monday.

The minister warmly welcomed the new Japanese ambassador and assured him of the full support of the Pakistani government to further strengthen bilateral relations.

This year, Japan and Pakistan are celebrating the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations and the 68th anniversary of the start of Japanese economic assistance to Pakistan.

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The Ambassador informed that Japan is the second largest donor to Pakistan. Since 1954, the Japanese government has provided 1.35 trillion yen to Pakistan.

Concessional loans, grants and technical assistance have been provided for polio eradication, maternal and child health, Covid-19, education, vocational training, water and sanitation, change climate change and disaster risk management, the energy sector, roads and transport and governance.

The Ambassador also informed that the Government of Japan is now providing assistance in the form of grants for the improvement of the water and sewage system in Multan and assistance in the form of cultural grants for the improvement of equipment. exhibition and conservation at the Taxila Museum.

He was also informed that a gravity water supply system project in the city of Haripur is underway with the assistance of JICA. This project will help to improve groundwater level depletion and potable water scarcity through efficient, sustainable and cost effective gravity water supply schemes for the residents of Haripur city.

The Minister for Economic Affairs thanked the Japanese government for providing continuous economic and technical assistance to Pakistan.

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