Japan Grants 10 Million US$ Donation to Havana

 Japan Grants 10 Million US$ Donation to Havana

Basura amontonada en una esquina de una calle en La Habana. Desmond Boylan AP

HAVANA,Feb 16th  (PL) Japan officially made a donation to Cuba for 1.5 billion yen (around 10 million dollars) with a view to the purchase of specialized equipment for the communal services of the Cuban capital.

The Japanese Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Masahisa Sato; and Cuban first deputy minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment (Mincex) in Cuba, Antonio Luis Carricarte, signed the exchange of agreement documents.

According to the two officials, the new contribution forms part of the aid program for the development of this Caribbean nation and illustrates the will to continue strengthening the bilateral ties in the economic and commercial sphere.

According to Carricarte, providing Havana with better equipment for sanitation works is relevant in environmental, economic and social terms, at a time when the city is preparing conditions to celebrate the 500th anniversary of its foundation in November 2019.

For Cuba, cooperation and economic relations with Japan ‘are of great importance,’ said the representative of Mincex, who noted the progress in recent years of different projects in areas such as tourism, health, agriculture, energy and environmental protection.

‘The non-reimbursable financial assistance granted by the Japanese government will help optimize the collection and final disposal of solid waste in Havana, which is a priority for the country,’ he said.

For his part, Sato highlighted the interest of contributing to improve the urban environment of the city, which should favor the capacity of the territory to face adverse climatic situations due to hurricanes and other meteorological phenomena.

On March 9, he informed, a permanent office of the International Cooperation Agency of Japan (JICA) will be inaugurated in this capital, in order to strengthen economic links in different sectors.

In relation to his visit, the official also appreciated the sustained dialogue with the Mincex authorities in order to encourage the work of the joint public-private committee, which deals specifically with commercial and investment initiatives.

Consulted by journalists, Ambassador Masaru Watanabe confirmed the interest of his country to expand the contributions focused on communal services in Havana, which could include tools and items for pruning and cutting down trees.