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OnTuesday morning, June16, 2020, His Excellency, KARASAWA Akira,Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan in Palau, formally handed over a backhoe loader to Ngaraard State. The handing over ceremony for “The Project for Procurement of Equipment for Improving State Road in Ngaraard State” was held at the State Office in Ngaraard, and was attended by Governor of the Ngaraard State, members of the House of Chiefs, members of Ngaraard State Assembly, and other relatedpersonnel and Ngaraad residents.

Through Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP),one backhoe loader was purchased in the total cost of $99,100.

The poor secondary road condition including potholes has been a trouble to residents in Ngaraard State. Although, secondary roads should be safe and easy access in the State, their current condition threatens the potential safety of pedestrians as well as vehicles and drivers. And what is worse, it takes too much time to transport patients in emergency situations under this road condition, and this is the serious concern for the residents since there is no medical service in Babeldaob. Furthermore, one secondary road between the counties of Ulimang and Ngkeklau is especially important for conducting a regular maintenance since it would be a spare access during landslides on Compact Road that have occurred several times during the rainy season in the past.

In his remarks in the ceremony, Ambassador Karasawastated that this equipment would be effectively used, in order to improve the current condition of roads before and during the rainy season when the road condition becomes worse. Furthermore, he added that the repairing of roads would contribute to the further development of Ngaraard and the potential safety of residents.

The Government of Japan launched GGP in 1999, for the purpose of responding to various development needs engaged in grassroots activities in Palau. As of June, 2020, the Embassy has signed 82 grant contracts with schools and hospitals as well as state governments and non-profit organizations. Education, health care and environment are the primary fields prioritized by Japan for GGP in order to contribute to sustainable development of Palau. For further information about GGP, please contact 488-6455 or visit the Embassy of Japan website at http://www.palau.emb-japan.go.jp/itprtop_en/index.html.

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