April 7, 2011
Japan has signed an agreement with Sudan to provide $13 million to improve water supplies in the city of Kassala.
The Japanese Ambassador said the grant, which was signed Wednesday April 6, 2011, is the first direct grant by Japan to Sudan since 1990s. He stated that the Japanese International Cooperation Agency will undertake a greater role in Sudan in the areas of transfer of technology, training, maternity, childhood, water and capacity building.
In February, Japan extended $17 million to help provide humanitarian projects in the Kassala region. That technichal cooperation agreement covers development planning, water supply, agriculture and livelihood, maternal and child health and vocational training, for three years beginning in May 2011.