Japan grants $27,379,515 for airport safety plus weather gear

By Staff Reporter
Wednesday – March 28, 2018
ISLAMABAD: Government of Japan (GoJ) on Tuesday extended grant assistance worth Japanese Yen (JPY) 2,892,000,000, approximately equivalent to $27,379,515, to the government of Pakistan (GoP) for improvement of airport security - phase-two - and the economic and social development programme - for provision of meteorological equipment.

According to an official statement, the official notes for the grants were exchanged on Tuesday, economic affairs division (EAD) secretary Ghazanfar Abbas Jillani and Japanese embassy charge d’ affairs ad interim Takashi Harada signed the exchange of notes and record of discussion on behalf of their governments.

Grant agreement for the project for improvement of airport security, phase two, was also signed by Japan international cooperation agency (JICA) Pakistan office chief representative Yasuhiro Tojo and EAD joint secretary Syed Mujtaba Hussain.

Officials from the aviation division and civil aviation authority (CAA) attended the signing ceremony.

Japanese grant aid for the project for improvement of airport security, phase two, is worth JPY 2,392 million, approximately equivalent to $22,645,821.

Considering the challenging security situation faced by Pakistan for the last many years, Pakistan CAA is in process of re-engineering security of airports and up-gradation of security equipment in line with the international standards, so that gradually every airport of Pakistan will fall in the category of safe and secure airport of the world.

This grant project will help to improve security at international airports of Pakistan through installation of these equipment. Thus, utilisation of this grant will pave the way to safeguard, passengers, their belongings, airlines and its assets, aircraft, national assets and functionaries from the acts of unlawful interference.

Japanese non-project grant aid for the economic and social development programme is worth JPY 500 million, approximately equivalent to $4,733,694.

The non-project grant aid will be utilised to procure meteorological equipment for Pakistan meteorological department (PMD) for installation in Punjab and Sindh provinces.

This meteorological equipment will be utilised for data acquisition to make products for weather forecasting/advisories/severe weather warnings.

EAD secretary Jillani appreciated the government and people of Japan for their support with the assurance of extending all necessary facilitation for more meaningful cooperation between the two sides in future.