Exchange of Notes for Environmental Program Grant Aid for the Kingdom of Morocco (The Project for Introduction of Clean Energy by Solar Electricity Generation System)
January 25, 2010
- 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 640 million JPY to the Kingdom of Morocco. Notes to this effect were exchanged on January 25 (Mon) (local time: same day) in Rabat, the capital city of Morocco, between Ms. Haruko Hirose, Japanese Ambassador to Morocco, and Ms. Amina Benkhadra, Minister of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment.
- This aid is intended for the southern part of Morocco, where electrical power is lacking. The aid will provide for solar energy generation equipment and supply additional energy to this region by connecting to preexisting power grids. This will be the first attempt for Morocco. This aid will help stable power supply to the region and reduction of CO2 emissions through the decrease of fossil fuel consumption.
- 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 Morocco, which is vulnerable to climate change.
The Kingdom of Morocco is located in northern Africa. It covers a land area of 446,000 square kilometers (approximately 1.2 times the size of Japan) and has a population of approximately 30.86 million people (2007). Morocco’s Gross National Income (GNI) per capita is 2,580 USD (2008).
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