The Government of Japan has announced its upcoming disbursement of 122.2 million USD for the support of humanitarian and development programs in Afghanistan.
The Japanese embassy in Kabul in a statement said that this assistance marks a big step forward in ensuring Japan’s commitment as conveyed at the Geneva Conference in November 2020, where Foreign Minister Mr. MOTEGI Toshimitsu acknowledged the long-lasting friendship between Japan and Afghanistan, and pledged financial assistance up to 180 million USD per year from 2021 to 2024.
“Specifically, this new assistance will enable implementation of 17 humanitarian and development assistance projects, to be conducted by FAO, ICRC, IOM, International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), Japan Platform (JPF), OCHA, OSCE, UNDP, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNIDO, UNITAR, UNMAS, UNODC, WFP, WHO and World Bank, all aiming for the betterment of livelihoods through multiple approaches,” the statement said.
Japan has been assisting Afghanistan’s nation-building efforts in various fields including security, agriculture, rural development, human capacity development, education, health, infrastructure, culture and humanitarian assistance.
With the upcoming 122.2 million USD disbursement, the cumulative Japanese assistance to Afghanistan since 2001 will amount to 6.9 billion USD.