H.E. Mr. Tateshi HIGUCHI, Ambassador of Japan to Myanmar, and U Kyi Win, Director, Chief of Yangon Regional Fire Services Department, signed the grant contract for “the Project for Strengthening of Myanmar Fire Services Department in Yangon Region” today. Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grass-roots Human Security Projects (GGP) scheme covers the cost of US$ 18,369 for shipping four fire engines donated by Japan-Myanmar Political and Economic Development Association.
With the rapid population growth in Yangon Region, the number of fires has been increasing recently. Fire disasters cause huge damage on not only people lives in Yangon but also their properties and hinder the momentum of Myanmar’s development. To tackle this issue, the project will provide four fire engines to Myanmar Fire Services Department, Ministry of Home Affairs, the Republic of the Union of Myanmar (MFSD).
The life-saving activities of MFSD will be more effective through the implementation of the project. Moreover, MFSD will be also able to respond quickly and effectively to disasters, utilizing the vehicles. This is expected to be of great assistance in creating a safe living environment for the people and to contribute to the urban development of Myanmar.
The Government of Japan has assisted 822 various grass-roots projects in Myanmar under the GGP scheme since 1993: the number consists of 400 education projects, 199 healthcare projects, 138 public welfare and environment projects, 50 infrastructure projects and 35 other projects. It is anticipated that these assistances will further strengthen the existing friendly relations between Japan and Myanmar.