Exchange of Notes for the Community Empowerment Grant Aid to the Palestinian Territories (The Project for Support for the Public Activities of the Communities in Jordan Valley)

March 2, 2010

  1. The Government of Japan has decided to extend a community empowerment grant aid (the Project for Support for the Public Activities of the Communities in Jordan Valley) totaling 1.176 billion JPY (¥1,176,000,000) to the Palestinian territories. Notes to this effect were exchanged on March 2, 2010 (Tue.) (local time: same day) in Ramallah in the West Bank of Jordan River, between Mr. Naofumi Hashimoto, Representative of Japan to the Palestinian Authority, and H.E. Dr. Salam Fayyad, Prime Minister/Minister of Finance, Palestinian Authority.

  2. In the Palestinian territories, which is still being occupied by Israel, there has been growing necessities of expanding the public welfare in each district, due to various limitations peculiar to the occupation, including restrictions on land use and movement of people.  Especially in the Jordan Valley, where the social-economic development has been most delayed by the fact that many poor farm communities are scattered over the area, there is an urgent need to improve their living environments for the local inhabitants through providing them with all kind of social facilities to support their living.

  3. From the viewpoint mentioned above, this grant aid aims to comprehensively equip the Jordan Valley area with local facilities of every sort, such as medical clinics, schools, multi-purpose community centers, community roads and power lines, which form living infrastructures of its residents.  Through implementing this aid, it is expected that the living conditions of the local people will be much improved at each community level, which will lead to the promotion of their economic independence.

(Reference) The Palestinian territories cover a land area of 6,020 square kilometers and has a population of approximately 3.7 million people (2007). Its Gross National Income (GNI) per capita is about 1,230 USD (2007).