Ambassador of Japan Visited Donbas

Aug 31, 2016

Sievierodonetsk – On August 29-30 a delegation of the Embassy of Japan to Ukraine and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) visited Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts. The officials were assessing the results of Japanese government funded initiatives aimed at restoring economic infrastructure and developing business in the region.

“Japan has been supporting Ukraine and will continue to do so on in its efforts to restore the conflict-affected Donbas,” His Excellency Mr. Shigeki Sumi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Ukraine, said during the visit. “The needs of the people are our priorities, so we will continue to support the restoration of hospitals, schools, bridges, water supply systems and other critical infrastructure, as well as provide support for small business and the creation of new jobs.”

The international mission attended the opening of a repaired and renovated post office in Mykolaiivka, Donetsk oblast, an area that was severely shelled during the armed conflict. The mission also visited two Japan/UNDP supported startups and a restored water pumping station in the city of Kreminna, Luhansk oblast.

The delegation also participated in a ceremony to mark the creation of an Alley of Friendship in Mykolaiivka, which was a sign of gratitude from the local community to the people of Japan for their support in the recovery of their town.

“The Alley of Friendship is a symbol of the strong partnership and unique cooperation between local communities, the people of Japan, international organizations, and the local authorities,” said UNDP Deputy Country Director Blerta Cela. “Thanks to the generous support of the Government of Japan, the UNDP has been implementing initiatives aimed at restoring the Donbas – in particular restoring critical infrastructure such as hospitals, water pumping stations, and bridges – as well as supporting entrepreneurship and the creation of new jobs.”

The total contribution of the Government of Japan to implement UNDP projects in the Donbas amounts to USD 19 million. The assistance was provided under a commitment to support eastern Ukraine announced by Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe at the UN General Assembly meeting in September 2014.

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