Concord Times (Freetown)

19 December 2013

Sierra Leone: Japan Grants 1.5 Billion Yen to Sierra Leone

The High Commissioners of Sierra Leone and Japan to the Republic of Ghana On Tuesday Signed an Agreement/Exchange of Notes By Which the Japanese Government Granted the Sum of One Billion Five Hundred and Fifty-Two Million Japanese Yen (jpy 1,552,000,000) to the Government of Sierra Leone in Support of the Project Titled: 'Urgent Improvement of Power Distribution System in Freetown'.

In his remarks at the signing ceremony, Japan's High Commissioner to Ghana, Naoto Nikai, reaffirmed his government's commitment to supporting the socio-economic development of Sierra Leone in line with President Ernest Bai Koroma's 'Agenda for Prosperity'.

He further assured his Sierra Leonean counterpart of his government's continued support in other areas like agriculture, economic and infrastructural development.

In his response, High Commissioner Alhaji Osman Foday Yansaneh, on behalf of the President and people of Sierra Leone, expressed thanks and appreciation to the government of Japan for what he referred to as a "timely and laudable contribution" to one of the critical areas of national development.

Mr. Yansaneh reiterated the excellent bilateral relations existing between Sierra Leone and Japan, thus expressing his government's gratitude for the hospitality and assistance accorded to President Koroma and his delegation during the TICAD Summit held in Tokyo early this year.

He commended the Japanese government for its continued support to the development aspirations of Sierra Leone, and assured his counterpart of Sierra Leone's support for Japan at all international forums on issues of common interest to the two countries.

High Commissioner Yansaneh, who doubles as the governing party's secretary general, recalled the various areas in which the government of Japan is currently contributing, and urged the Japanese government for more support in other sectors, especially in agriculture and food security, education, energy and water resources, rural development and sanitation, training and human resource development, among others, to meet President Koroma's prosperity agenda.

He assured the Japanese envoy that the grant will be judiciously utilised in line with the intended objective.

Also present at the signing ceremony were Mrs. Nasratha Bakie Remoe-Doherty - Minister Counsellor and Head of Chancery, and Alusine S. Yilla - First Secretary at the High Commission.

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