Grant Aid Cooperation for Syria Exchange of Notes regarding the “The Project for Transmission of Reliable Electricity to Respond to the Immediate Humanitarian Needs in crisis-affected Communities of Syria”
April 16, 2016
1. On April 15 (same day in local time), at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) headquarters in New York, Ambassador Motohide Yoshikawa, Permanent Mission of Japan to the UN, exchanged Notes regarding grant aid of 1.3 billion yen (about 11 million US dollars) to support the “The Project for Transmission of Reliable Electricity to Respond to the Immediate Humanitarian Needs in crisis-affected Communities of Syria” with Ms. Sima Bahous, Assistant Administrator and Regional Director, Regional Bureau for Arab States, UNDP.
2. The project aims to achieve continuous supply of safe and stable electricity from Syria’s two electric power plants (Baniyas Thermal Power Plant and Al-Zala Thermal Power Plant) by conducting surveys of the run-down sites and supplying minimum necessary parts and handling repairs, and thereby contribute to improvement of the difficult living environment for the Syrian people.
3. Japan has provided a total of approximately 1.6 billion US dollars of assistance to Syria, Iraq and neighboring countries thus far since the beginning of the crisis in Syria. Additionally, Japan recently decided to extend 5 million US dollars of Emergency Grant Aid to besieged and hard-to-reach areas in Syria as emergency humanitarian assistance and is proceeding with the assistance described above. Through this assistance, Japan intends to continue efforts to improve humanitarian situation of the Syrian people.