Cultural Grant Aid to El Salvador for the Project for the Improvement of Planetarium Equipment of the Tin Marin Children's Museum

August 18, 2005

  1. The Government of Japan has decided to extend cultural grant aid of up to 49.6 million yen to the Government of the Republic of El Salvador for its Project for the Improvement of Planetarium Equipment of the Tin Marin Children's Museum. The exchange of notes was held on August 17 (Wed) in Tokyo between Mr. Nobutaka Machimura, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, and Mr. Francisco Esteban Lainez Rivas, Minister for Foreign Affairs of El Salvador.
  2. The Tin Marin Children's Museum is the only children's museum in El Salvador that provides interactive experience through its permanent exhibitions on science and technology, environment, telecommunications, culture and other areas. The museum plays an important role in raising the cultural and educational level of the country not only through such experience-based exhibitions but also through music festivals, art exhibitions and other events.

    In recent years, El Salvador is endeavoring to elevate its educational and cultural standards in natural science and plans to install a full-fledged planetarium system. The serious financial situation, however, is making hard for the country to purchase such equipment.

    Under these circumstances, the Government of El Salvador has requested the Government of Japan to provide cultural grant aid necessary to purchase planetarium equipment for the Tin Marin Children's Museum.
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