On Tuesday, September 17, 2019, Ambassador of Japan Akira Karasawa and Vice President / Minister of Justice Raynold B. Oilouch signed the grant contract for “The Project for Procurement of Fire Truck and Ambulance to the Republic of Palau”, valued $90,800, under the Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP). The signing ceremony was held at the Embassy of Japan and was witnessed by Vice President Office and Ministry of Justice personnel.

Division of Fire and Rescue has been facing various issues, due to deteriorated fire trucks and insufficient number of ambulances they own. Since the Division is the only institution which can respond to emergency calls in Palau, having sufficient number of well-conditioned vehicles is necessary for the Division to provide prompt activities to secure the safety of people.

Accordingly, through the project, one fire truck, one ambulance and short-term operational training will be provided through the project. The two vehicles are provided by Zao town, which is one of the host towns for the Palauan national team for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. It is expected that the project will enable the Division to respond to emergency calls in an appropriate and prompt manner.

In his remarks at the ceremony, Ambassador Karasawa hoped that the vehicles would contribute to the safe living of the Palauan people, as well as further enhancing the friendship between Japan and Palau.

Furthermore, he requested the Division to take good care of the fire truck and ambulance so that the granted vehicles could be used for a long period of time.

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 September 17, 2019, the Embassy has signed 78 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 and its GGP.

For further information about GGP, please contact 488-6455or visit the Embassy of Japan website at http://www.palau.emb-japan.go.jp/itprtop_en/index.html . (PR)