Grassroots Human Security Grant Aid to Iraq (City of Samawah)

January 4, 2005

  1. The Government of Japan has decided to extend to the Department of Samawah Municipality a grassroots human security grant aid of about 1.21 million dollars in total (about 133.09 million yen) to improve roads in the city of Samawah, in the Governorate of Al-Muthanna in the southern part of Iraq. On January 4 at 20:00 (Japan time) Mr. Emad Mohamed Ali, Director of the Department of Samawah Municipality, signed a grant contract at the etape of the Self-Defense Force of Japan (SDF) in Samawah.

  2. The purpose of this aid is to asphalt the roads in the northern and southern parts of the city of Samawah (total length: 15.65 km), already graveled by the Ground Self-Defense Force of Japan (GSDF), in the Governorate of Al-Muthanna, where the improvement of the basic infrastructure is particularly under-developed compared with other parts of the country, because of the oppression under the former administration, the economy battered by the war with Iran, the economic sanctions after the Gulf War and other factors.

  3. The aid is expected to improve the road traffic situation in Samawah and public services for the residents such as water supply, medical care and education; and also to facilitate the smooth implementation of humanitarian and reconstruction assistance including water supply, medical care and repair of schools currently being carried out by the support units of the GSDF in and around Samawah.


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