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Government of Japan presents grants for six projects in Macedonia

Six Macedonian institutions and the Government of Japan signed Monday grant agreements worth about EUR 370,000 for projects aimed at improving citizens’ lives.

The projects refer to the rehabilitation of elementary schools in Struga village of Draslajca and Kumanovo, equipping the Pelagonija Planning Region with flood prevention mechanization, medical equipment for the University Clinic for Gastroenterohepatology, new vehicle for the Veles fire fighting unit, and new ambulance or the Ohrid general gospital.

The funds have been allocated through the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Projects (GGP), founded by the Government of Japan.

Toyokazu Kubota, Chargé d’Affaires at the Embassy of Japan, said this is the largest amount allocated for annual GGP projects in Macedonia over the past decade.

“We are convinced these institutions will properly use the grant funds in order to achieve the projects’ goals. The Embassy of Japan is prepared to assist them in their efforts and I am personally eager to visit the sites of the completed projects”, said Kubota.

The programme has been implemented in Macedonia since 1996, with over 100 projects worth about EUR 6 million realized nationwide.

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