Japan is to provide Ukraine with $3.6 million for humanitarian needs to support vulnerable parts of the population and restore eastern regions of the country, Japanese Ambassador to Ukraine Shigeki Sumi has said.
“Japan will provide nearly $4 million in 2018,” Sumi said on Monday during a press conference.
He said the money would be spent on radio equipment for the Interior Ministry, the rebuilding of housing, purchase of medical equipment and training for persons from eastern regions of the country.
The ambassador said most of the money would not be spent on humanitarian assistance, but would be used for the rebuilding.
The assistance will be used to finance seven projects implemented by the United Nations in Ukraine, including the International Organization for Migration, the UN Development Program, the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNICEF, the UN Office for Project Services, and the World Health Organization.
Neal Walker, the UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator said the help would be provided in the following areas: employment, environmental protection, potential development, and the safety of citizens.
Walker said most of the assistance would be sent to eastern Ukraine.
According to Ukraine’s Regional Development, Construction and Housing Minister Hennadiy Zubko, Japan currently helps Ukraine with the implementation of a large-scale project for the renovation of Kyiv’s Bortnychi sewage treatment plant. What is more, a mission of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is scheduled to visit Ukraine on February 21 to conduct talks on waste disposal projects in Kyiv, Dnipro and Kharkiv.