The Government of Japan has provided grant assistance which costs around US $ 27,379,515 (Japanese Yen 2,892,000,000) to the Pakistan Government for two projects which includes the project for the Economic and Social Development Programme (for the establishment of the meteorological equipment) and the project for the Improvement of the Airport Security (Phase-2).
On Tuesday the official notes for the grants were exchanged. The exchanged notes were signed between Syed Ghazanfar Abbas Jilani—Secretary—Economic Affairs Division and H.E. Mr Takashi Harada—Charge d’ Affairs ad Interim at the Embassy of Japan. The discussion was also recorded on behalf of their respective governments.
The grant agreement for the project of the Improvement of the Airport Security (Phase-2) was also signed by the Chief Representative—Mr. Yashuhiro Tojo, Syed Mujtaba Hussain—Joint Secretary—Economic Affairs Division and JICA.
The signing ceremony was also attended by the officials of the Civil Aviation Authority and the Aviation Division.
The grant aid for the Improvement of Airport Security provided by the government of Japan is around US $ 22,645,821.
Keeping in mind the challenging security situations in Pakistan since last many years, the Civil Aviation Authority of Pakistan is engaged in the process of re-engineering the security situation of airports and the up-gradation of the security equipment in accordance with the international standards, so that slowly and gradually every airport of the country could fall in the domain of safe and secure airport facility of the world.
This Japanese grant project would for sure be assisting in improving the security at the international airports of Pakistan via the installation of the latest security equipment. The use of this grant would make way to provide safety to the passengers and their belongings, airlines and its assets, national assets and functionaries and the aircraft from the unlawful hindrances.
The grant assistance for the Economic and Social Development Programme costing approximately around US $4,733,694 would be used in attaining the meteorological equipment for the Pakistan Meteorological Department which would be installed in the provinces of Sindh and Punjab.
This equipment would be used in for acquiring data to make products for weather advisories or severe weather warnings and forecasting.
The Secretary of the Economic Affairs Division highly praised the Japan government and the people of Japan for their help with the assurance to extend all needed facilitation for more substantial cooperation between the two countries in future.