Japan to extend over US$ 1.2 million for demining in Northern Sri
Government of Japan has decided to provide a total sum of US$ 1,238,003
(approximately Rs.177 million) as grant aid to two organizations for
humanitarian demining in Northern Sri Lanka under its Grant Assistance
for Grassroots Human Security Project (GGP).
The two projects are: "The Project for Demining in the
Northern and North Central Provinces of Sri Lanka", implemented by
Delvon Assistance for Social Harmony Sri Lanka (DASH) with a sum of US$
634,860 (approximately Rs.90 million) and "The Project for Humanitarian
Mine Action in Mannar and Landmine Survey in Northern and Eastern
Provinces", implemented by Mines Advisory Group (MAG) with sum of US$
603,143 (approximately Rs.87 million).
The two projects are expected to contribute to
expedite the efforts of the Government of Sri Lanka to make mine
contaminated areas safe lands for people to return and resume their
Japan has been a major donor supporting mine clearance
in Sri Lanka to accelerate the return and resettlement of Internal
Displaced Persons (IDPs) and to facilitate recommencement of agriculture
and other livelihood activities of returnees. Since 2003, the Government
of Japan has provided a sum of US$ 28 million for demining activities in
the North and the East under its Grant Assistance schemes.
The two Grant Contracts were signed between Ambassador
of Japan Kenichi Suganuma, and Programme Manager of DASH Ananda
Chandrasiri for the first project and Regional Programme Officer of MAG
Ms. Bethan Davies for the second project, on 1st March 2016 at Embassy
of Japan in Colombo.
Courtesy : Department of Government Information