By Our Reporter
Japan has extended grant assistance of Rs. 683,200,000 to Nepal for the implementation of the Economic and Social Development Program. Japanese ambassador Masashi Ogawa and Dr. Rajan Khanal, Secretary, Ministry of Finance, signed and exchanged a set to notes to this effect at the Ministry of Finance, on behalf of their respective governments.
Speaking at the event, ambassador Ogawa mentioned that Nepal is a country that is prone to many kinds of natural disasters such as earthquakes, landslides, and floods, just like Japan. Especially during monsoon, floods and landslides occur frequently in Nepal every year claiming many lives and damaging various properties.
Ambassador Ogawa said that, as a true friend of Nepal,the Japan will cooperate with Nepal as much as possibleto enable Nepal to become a disaster-resilient country. Through this program, the Japanese Government will provide equipment including an automatic meteorological observing station and construction machines for road maintenance. These equipments are also used in Japan to improve disaster prevention capability to make early restoration and reconstruction after disasters possible.