Japan to provide Rs 3.078 billion for weather surveillance

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Islamabad: Japan committed to provide Rs. 3.078 billion (JPY 1.986 billion) grant assistance for installation of Weather Surveillance Radar in Sukkur.

The Federal Minister for Economic Affairs, Makhdum Khusro Bakhtyar witnessed the signing ceremony of Japanese grant assistance in Islamabad today, said a press release issued by Ministry of Economic Affairs.

The grant agreement was signed by Federal Secretary EAD, Noor Ahmad, and Ambassador of Japan in Pakistan, Matsuda Kuninori, on behalf of their Governments.

This project will help delivery of reliable and timely meteorological services to prevent the damage to life and property caused by disasters.

Talking on the occasion, Federal Secretary EAD expressed that Pakistan values the reciprocal and congenial relations with Japan and both countries share mutual stance on most of the regional and international affairs.

He said Japanese economic assistance had played and would continue to play a vital role in the socio-economic uplift of Pakistan.

He also appreciated the earlier assistance extended by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for installation of the Weather Surveillance Radars in Karachi, Islamabad & Multan and establishment of Specialized Medium Range Weather Forecasting Centre (SMRFC).

He acknowledged Japan as a proactive development partner who has always helped Pakistan during any emergency such as Polio and COVID-19 outbreak.

The Japanese Ambassador apprised that disaster management is one of its priority areas as both the countries are prone to natural disasters with frequent episodes of floods, earthquakes, storms, landslides and heavy rains.

“Japan with its experience and technical expertise is glad to assist Pakistan, especially for disaster risk reduction, to save lives and properties of people”, said Japanese Ambassador.

The Minister for Economic Affairs Makhdum Khusro Bakhtyar appreciated the Government and the Peoples of Japan for their continued support.

He assured the Japanese-side of extending all necessary facilitation for more meaningful and enhanced cooperation between the two sides in future, press release stated.

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