Japan Donates $10 Million to PA’s Budget

RAMALLAH, March 4, 2013 (WAFA) – The Government of Japan decided to donate $10 million to the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) budget, a statement by Japan’s representative office in Ramallah said Monday.

The donation was made through the Palestinian Recovery and Development Plan Multi-Donor Trust Fund (PRDP-MDTF) of the World Bank.

Prime Minister Salam Fayyad signed an agreement to that effect with Mariam Sherman, Country Director of the World Bank, West Bank and Gaza Country Office, and Junya Matsuura, representative of Japan to PA.

Japan has supported the Palestinian Authority with $110 million since 2012, which is a part of $1.34 billion contributions since the signing of the Oslo accords in 1994.

Japanese aid went to supporting financially and technically economic development efforts exerted by key ministries to help prepare the Palestinian Authority for statehood in line with its national development plans.

Japan has also provided assistance through UNRWA, the United Nations Palestinian refugee aid agency, and other UN agencies including humanitarian assistance, as well as to local non-governmental organizations and local councils for their grassroots development projects.

Source: WAFA News