Grassroots Human Security Grant Aid to Iraq (Governorate of Al-Muthanna)

February 17, 2005

  1. Last year, the Government of Japan decided to extend to the Governorate of Al-Muthanna grassroots human security grant aid to provide it with equipment to repair roads and bridges and to implement the rehabilitation of Al Kwashi Road (2.3km). Now that the equipment has been provided and that the repair work of Al Kwashi Road has been completed, a provision and completion ceremony was held on February 17 (Thu) in the Governorate.

  2. The basic infrastructure of the Governorate of Al-Muthanna is particularly under-developed compared with other parts of the country, because of the oppression under the former government, the economy battered by the war with Iran, the economic sanctions after the Gulf War and other factors. Roads and bridges are therefore in extremely poor condition, hampering the smooth traffic of water tank trucks or emergency vehicles and directly affecting people's daily lives. School-commuting roads also need to be improved. To remedy such a situation, the present assistance (1) provided equipment necessary to rehabilitate roads and bridges and (2) extended grant assistance totaling about 1,075,000 dollars (about 118 million yen) to asphalt Al Kwashi Road near Swir (about 15km east of Samawah), which was already graveled by the Ground Self Defense Forces.

  3. The provision and completion ceremony, held at the Road and Bridge Department of the Governorate of Al-Muthanna, was attended on the Iraqi side by the Director of the Department, and Swir Council Chairman, and on the Japanese side by the officials and staff members concerned of the Liaison Office in Samawah of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Japanese Self Defense Forces in Samawah. At the ceremony, Iraqi attendants expressed their gratitude for Japan's assistance, saying that the provision of equipment would facilitate the future repair of roads and bridges and that local roads are now easier to use.

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