Exchange of Notes concerning Japanese Grant Assistance for Grass-Roots Human Security Project (GAGP) for the Vocational Training Project in Chagcharan Districts of Ghor Province in Afghanistan

June 11, 2007

  1. The Government of Japan decided to extend to Sanayee Development Organization, an NGO in Afghanistan, a grant assistance for the grass-roots human security project of 9.28 million yen for the vocational training project in Chagcharan Districts of Ghor Province.  Notes to this effect were exchanged on June 11 (same day local time) in Kabul between Mr. Junichi Kosuge, Japanese Ambassador to Afghanistan, and Mr. Ihsanullah Dileri, Program Director, Sanayee Development Organization.  This project was proposed to the Embassy of Japan in Afghanistan from Chagcharan PRT (led by Lithuania) in Ghor Province through NATO SCR as a coordinated project between Japan and NATO-PRT, in line with an announcement by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on his visit to NATO on January 2007.
  2. The details of this project are as follows.
  3. ・Sanayee Development Organization will assign 10 technical advisers, who will offer a nine-months vocational training in areas of clothing, embroidery, mason, car mechanic, electric repair and motorcycle repair, for 155 persons (including 90 women) and will provide all the necessary equipments for this training.

    ・Ghor Province is in the mountainous area at the central part Afghanistan, and is one of the areas which are most behind in the reconstruction process.  Chagcharan District is in the center of Ghor province, and 460 km distance from the east of Herat, and is one of the areas which are most behind in the reconstruction process. The employment rate in this area is extremely low, and many youngsters move out to other provinces or neighboring countries such as Iran in search for their jobs, which has been the main factor of delay of reconstruction  in Afghanistan.

    ・This project will provide 155 trainees an opportunity to obtain vocational skills as well as a possibility for future employment, and the participants to this training programme are expected to secure a stable job and income.