Japan has so far injected over $700m on S. Sudan projects
The government of Japan through its embassy in Juba has revealed that it has so far spent a staggering over $700 million in assistance on South Sudan since independence.
First Secretary of Economic Cooperation Department at the Embassy in Juba, Watanabe Tomoko, said more than 4,000 Japanese nationals have taken part in supporting sustainable peace in South Sudan.
He said the support provided by Japan is not only benefiting South Sudan but also serves the interests of Tokyo in regards to foreign policy and the contribution to global peace.
“Japanese government’s contribution is to endeavour for peacebuilding in cooperation with the international community, however far it is from Japan because every single peacebuilding effort is closely connected to the entire global peace and stability, which is also beneficial to Japan,” Tomoko said.
She was speaking during the handover ceremony for water equipment by JICA to South Sudan Urban Water Cooperation yesterday.
Tomoko said the Japanese government also contributes money to human security because everyone on the globe is entitled to healthy living.
She said Japan wants the people of South Sudan to achieve security because they have been suffering from civil war for decades.
“South Sudan’s peace and stability are closely linked to those of neighbouring countries as well as to the entire East Africa, which is the gateway for Japan to the African continent,” she said.
Tomoko said although there has been little business taking place between Japan and South Sudan at the moment, there is a need to improve the security and infrastructure that would result in great potential for exchange
“I believe that support for South Sudan so far has had a good and visible result. Japan’s assistance contributes to the progress of the peace process, the development of infrastructure and human resources, as well as job creation, ” she said.
In 2019, the Japanese government contributed $1,468,374 to UN Mine Action for mine action projects. This involved the removal of land mines in various locations and creating awareness among the communities as had been planned by the United Nations peacekeeping in South Sudan.
JICA has also continued to extend the support for the local sports.