Japan's Assistance to the Palestinians
on the occasion of the visit of Prime Minister Mr. Junichiro Koizumi
(Fact Sheet)

July, 2006
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan

Since 1993, Japan has been actively extending assistance to the Palestinians in such areas as humanitarian support, assistance for reforms, confidence building and assistance for self-sustainable Palestinian economy.

Mr. Junichiro Koizumi, Prime Minister of Japan, announced the following assistance initiative on the occasion of his visit to the Middle East.

  • (1) Japan strongly supports President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority in his unwavering resolve for peace through dialogue. In support of the President's efforts, Japan is extending a total of 3.1 million US dollar assistance including an additional assistance of 1.6 million US dollars with a view to strengthening the functions of the President's Office.
  • (2) Japan has been gravely concerned about the deteriorating living condition of the Palestinians and has continued to implement humanitarian assistance for the Palestinians. Japan decided to implement projects totalling approximately 25 million US dollars to improve medical care and public health and to create jobs. Through these projects, jobs for about 340,000 working days (approximately 2,000 people / day in four months) are expected to be created.
  • (3) In addition to these short-term projects, Japan believes it is important, as part of its mid- and long- term efforts, to generate hope for the peoples in the region for co-existence and co-prosperity:
    • (a) Japan proposed a concept called ''the Corridor for Peace and Prosperity'', which is aimed at creating a prosperous region through regional cooperation in the Jordan River rift valley. It was agreed to initiate a consultative unit composed of Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Jordan and Japan in order to materialize this concept whenever appropriate for all the parties concerned.
    • (b) Japan, placing much importance on the regional development of the Jericho area, will implement such programs as improvement of maternal and child health, improvement of local governance and capacity development for solid waste management in the area.
    • (c) The construction of a Red Sea - Dead Sea water conveyance is important in developing the Jordan River rift valley and securing water resources. Japan will contribute 2 million US dollars for the feasibility study to be conducted by the World Bank.

1. Assistance to strengthen the function of Presidential Office (about 3.1 million US dollars)

  • (1) The phase 1(1.5 million US dollars) of this project includes construction of the office building (4 floors, 2000m2) and employment of legal and administrative experts to the President. This project was decided on September 2005 and is currently under implementation.
  • (2) The phase 2(1.6 million US dollars) of this project is aimed at furnishing and electro-mechanical installations of the office building, employment of personnel and financial experts as well as experts to establish a donor coordination and management unit, and capacity-building for the Presidential Office staff.

2. Emergency Assistance to improve medical care, public health and job creation (about 25 million US dollars)

  • (1) 3 projects through UNDP (total amount: about 15.8 million US dollars)
    • (a) Emergency Water Supply & Rehabilitation Program in the Gaza Strip (5.4 million US dollars)

      This project is to construct 2 new wells in Rafah governorate, rehabilitate the existing wells in the Northern governorate, and rehabilitate and construct water networks and tanks in both governorates. It is expected that through this project, 240,000 residents in the Gaza Strip will be able to access safe water and the available water/day/capita will be improved from 85 litters /d/c to 120 litters /d/c at maximum.

      In addition, jobs for about 50,000 working-days (for 12 months, about 163 people / day) will be created.

    • (b) Improvement of Solid Waste Management in the West Bank: Procurement of equipment (5.5 million US dollars)

      This project is to improve solid waste management services by providing equipment such as compactor trucks and garbage dump trucks to the local authorities. It is expected to improve public health in the West Bank which has deteriorated because of uncollected wastes.

      Japan's technical assistance for ''Project for Capacity Development on Solid Waste Management in Jericho and the Jordan River Rift Valley'', which is currently under implementation is expected to enhance the effectiveness of this project.

    • (c) Employment Generation through Emergency Response to Solid Waste Management in the Gaza Strip (4.9 million US dollars)

      This project is to employ workers for cleaning up of the roads in the Gaza Strip. It is expected to improve public health in the Gaza Strip which has deteriorated because of uncollected wastes and to create jobs for 200,000 working-days (for 6 months, about 1282 people / day).

  • (2) 2 projects through UNRWA (total amount: about 5.5 million dollars)
    • (a) Emergency Health Project in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank (3.5 million US dollars)

      This project is to provide medicines and medical equipment for the clinics and mobile clinics managed by UNRWA in the Palestinian territories, and to rehabilitate the UNRWA clinics in the Gaza Strip. It is expected to improve medical services provided by UNRWA for the Palestinian refugees and to create jobs for about 20,000 working-days (for 12 months, about 66 people /day).

    • (b) Public Health Improvement and Employment Generation Project in the West Bank (1.9 million US dollars)

      This project is to improve public health in the West Bank by rehabilitating sewage networks, water tanks, and health facilities in the refugee camps. It is expected to create jobs for about 70,000 working-days (for 4 months, about 652 people / day).

  • (3) 1 project through UNICEF (total amount: about 3.4 million US dollars)
    • (a) Improving the control of infectious diseases and the nutritional status of Palestinian children and preventing inner-hospital infection of newborn babies (3.4 million US dollars)

      This project is to provide vaccines and related medical equipment to UNICEF, and includes printing and distributing the maternal and child health handbooks. It will be carried out in close collaboration with Japan's technical assistance project for "Improvement of Reproductive Health with a special focus on Maternal and Child Health," which is currently under implementation mainly in Jericho and Ramallah.

  • (4) 1 Grass Roots and Human Security Grant project (total amount: about 0.1 million US dollars)
    • (a) Project for deploying a mobile clinic in isolated areas (0.1 million US dollars)

      This project is to provide medical supplies such as antibiotics, pain relievers, blood presser machines and oxygen tanks to a Palestinian NGO which offers mobile medical services in the areas isolated by the separation barriers in the West Bank.

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