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

July 7, 2006

  1. The Government of Japan decided last year to extend a grassroots human security grant aid to Iraq for the "Samawah Promenade Project" as well as "the Project for Provision of Generators in Al-Kornish Street" in the central part of Samawah city, in the Governorate of Al-Muthanna. As the work on basic infrastructure (road and sidewalk, lighting and drainage system) of Al-Kornish Street and Samawah Girls' School Street has almost been finished and the power generators which were intended to solve power shortages in central Samawah will start to operate, a hand-over ceremony was held on July 5 (Wed) in Samawah city. The ceremony was attended on the Iraqi side by officials of the Governorate of Al-Muthanna, and on the Japanese side by officials of the Liaison Office in Samawah of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and members of the Japanese ground Self-Defense Forces (JGSDF).

    1. (1) The Project for Improvement of Al-Kornish Street (Samawah Promedade Project
      (about 55.5 million yen)
    2. (2) The Project for Improvement of Samawah Girls' School Street
      (about 56.8 million yen)
    3. (3) The Project for Provision of Generators in Al-Kornish Street
      (about 94.6 million yen)
  2. The Project for Improvement of Al-Kornish Street and The Project for Improvement of Samawah Girls' School Street

    The people of Samawah attach particular importance to the city center where many citizens interact, situated alongside the Euphrates River. Its basic infrastructure, indispensable for daily life, however, is in extremely poor condition due to such factors as the oppression of its Shiites population under the former regime and the economic sanctions after the Gulf War. In Al-Kornish Street and Samawah Girls' School Street, damaged roads, flooding and poor lighting are affecting daily life severely.

    The Samawah Promenade Project is intended to improve the basic infrastructure of Al-Kornish Street and Samawah Girls' School Street, which are located in the political, economic and cultural centre of the city.

    It is expected that, by implementing this Project, the main street in the central part of the city will be improved, contributing to stabilizing people's livelihood and improving public order for the 250,000 residents of Samawah, who live along the streets on use its shops and markets.

  3. The Project for Provision of Generators in Al-Kornish Street

    The power supply falls short all over Iraq, Samawah, in the Governorate of Al-Muthanna, where electricity is supplied from other prefectures because there are no electric power plants, is suffering from constant blackouts every day and it has badly affected people's daily lives. In the neighborhood of Al-Korhnish Street, located in the centre of Samawah, there is not only a concentration of shops and housing, but also public facilities including elementary schools, sewage pumps, and waterworks pumps, which are all indispensable for daily life. The present situation in which those facilities are not functioning because of the daily power cuts is a source of serious problems in the area.

    This Project is aimed at providing three power generators (1,250kVA) and three electric transformers for Al-Kohnish Street and its neighborhood in order to tackle the problem of chronic power shortage.

    When the project is completed, it will be possible to provide electricity constantly for 1,000 households, three elementary schools, and sewage pumps in Al-Kornish Street and its neighbors. The project is also expected to contribute to the stability of life in that area.

  4. At this presentation ceremony, Iraqi representatives expressed their gratitude for the support from the Government of Japan.
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