Handing over ceremony (construction equipments and vehicles , 4,500 tons of Japanese rice)

On February 19th, 2013, His Excellency Mr. Hiroshi Fukada, Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of The Gambia, attended a handing over ceremony presided over by the Vice President and Minister of Women’s Affairs, Her Excellency Aja Doctor Isatou Njie Saidy at the Maintenance Services Agency (MSA), in Kotu, The Gambia, for two Grant Aid projects funded by the Japanese Government.

The first Grant Aid, dedicated to « The program for the improvement of capabilities to cope with natural disasters caused by climate change for the Republic of The Gambia », allowed Japan to hand over construction equipments and vehicles (ambulances, tracks, excavators, bulldozers, boats, generators, etc…), amounting at almost 166 million Gambian Dalasi.

The Gambia is facing severe flood damages caused by heavy rain since 2009, it is expected that the equipments will strengthen the capacity of The Gambian Government to cope with natural disasters caused by climate change.

With regard to the second Grand Aid, under « Japanese Food Aid Program – Fiscal Year 2011 », Japan handed over 4,500 tons of Japanese rice (equivalent to 90 million Gambian Dalasi). In fact, The Gambia imports the majority of food including rice and its self-sufficiency rate in food is still low (under 50 %), despite the increasing of the crop yield year by year. Moreover, the food shortage become more serious because of the impact of climate change on the rainy season in recent years. This is why 4,500 tons of rice are granted to consolidate food security based on The Gambian Government request.

During the ceremony, Her Excellency Vice President Saidy emphasized to longtime friendship between The Gambia and Japan. Then, she said that this aid will help The Gambian Government to cope with natural disasters. She acknowledged that these aids will benefit to poor population who is victim of the disasters.