Four Grant Assistance Projects to be signed in the amount of 1,004 million Yen

 
 The signing ceremony of documents for four grant assistance projects toward Bhutan under Japan’s ODA scheme, namely, the Exchange of Notes (E/N) for “The Project for the Construction of Disaster-Resilient Emergency Mobile Network”, as well as Grant Contracts (G/Cs) for “The Project for Reconstruction of Irrigation Channels in Jamkhar Gewog, Trashiyangtse”, “The Project for Construction of Common Facility Center for Traditional Handmade Paper Making in Trashiyangtse”, and “The Project for Construction of Satellite Clinic in Changjiji, Thimphu”, will be held on 19th December 2017, at the Embassy of Japan in New Delhi.

In this ceremony, the E/N and G/Cs for the above-mentioned projects will be signed between H.E. Mr. Kenji Hiramatsu, Ambassador of Japan to Bhutan, and H.E. Maj. Gen. Vetsop Namgyel, Ambassador of Bhutan to Japan.

The total amount of the four projects is around 1,004 million Yen. Details of each project are as follows:
 
1. Grant Aid

“The Project for the Construction of Disaster-Resilient Emergency Mobile Network” (Counterpart: Bhutan Telecom (Gross National Happiness Commission))

This project, the amount of which totals 979 million Yen, constructs a backup system of Mobile Network in Bumthang, which covers the entire nation.

2. Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP)

(1) “The Project for Reconstruction of Irrigation Channels in Jamkhar Gewog, Trashiyangtse” (Recipient Organization: Gewog Administration, Jamkhar)

This project, the amount of which totals around 8.3 million Yen, re-constructs the old irrigation channel, which is currently almost non-functional, into a concrete channel.
 
(2) “The Project for Construction of Common Facility Center for Traditional Handmade Paper Making in Trashiyangtse” (Recipient Organization: Trashiyangtse Dzongkhag)

This project, the amount of which totals around 8.2 million Yen, constructs a craft center to enable them to display products for sale, and to conduct a facility tour of the paper-making process as well as to ensure a stable work environment for staff.
 
(3) “The Project for Construction of Satellite Clinic in Changjiji, Thimphu” (Recipient Organization: Thimphu Dzongkhag)

This project, the amount of which totals around 8.1 million Yen, constructs a new large-scale clinic in place of the existing one, which does not have enough space, in order to provide a wide range of medical services, such as immunization and child birth, as well as health counselling.
 
The Government of Japan hopes that these four new grant projects will help to reinforce the quality of living standard of the people in Bhutan by improving disaster management system, agricultural and industrial development, and further strengthen the friendship and cooperation, as well as expand the people-to-people exchanges, between Japan and Bhutan.