Exchange of Notes for Environmental Program Grant Aid for the Republic of Yemen (The Project for Introduction of Clean Energy by Solar Electricity Generation System)

December 14, 2009

  1. The Government of Japan has decided to extend environmental program grant aid (the Project for Introduction of Clean Energy by Solar Electricity Generation System) totaling 620 million JPY to the Republic of Yemen. Notes to this effect were exchanged on December 12 (Sat) (local time: same day) in Sana'a, the capital city of Yemen, between Mr. Masakazu Toshikage, Japanese Ambassador to Yemen, and H.E. Mr. Abdulkarim Ismail Al-Arhabi, Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation of Yemen.

  2. This grant aid provides the necessary funds for plans to introduce clean energy that does not emit CO2. It includes establishing solar power facilities in the Al-Wahda Hospital, which is the core hospital in Aden, Yemen’s second major city. Through implementing this aid, stable power supply to the hospital will become possible and CO2 emissions will be reduced through the decrease of fossil fuel consumption.

  3. To work towards the realization of a low-carbon society, Japan supports initiatives for climate change counter-measures in developing countries by making use of Japan’s advanced green technology through the FY2009 revised budget. This grant aid provides assistance for climate change counter-measures in Yemen, which is vulnerable to climate change.

(Reference) The Republic of Yemen is located on the south tip of the Arabian Peninsula, is located across the Gulf of Aden from Somalia, and is one of the least-developed countries of the Middle East region (Yemen’s Gross National Income [GNI] per capita is 950 USD [2008], lower than approximately half of the African countries). It covers a land area of 555,000 square kilometers (approximately 1.5 times the size of Japan) and has a population of approximately 23.1 million people (2008).