November 17, 2014
H.E. Mr. Tateshi HIGUCHI, Ambassador of Japan and U Kyaw Thura, Director of the Myanmar Fire Services Department (MFSD), signed the grant contract for “the Project for Strengthening of Myanmar Fire Services Department” today. Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grass-roots Human Security Projects (GGP) scheme covers the cost of US$11,487 for shipping five fire engines donated by Japan-Myanmar Political and Economic Development Association.
Fire disasters cause huge damage on properties and hinder the momentum of Myanmar’s development. To respond to and tackle various kinds of blazes occurring through the country, the project provides five fire vehicles to MFSD.
The life-saving activities of MFSD will be more effective through the implementation of the project. MFSD will be able to respond quickly and effectively in case of disasters utilizing the vehicles donated by Japan-Myanmar Political and Economic Development Association under this GGP scheme. This is expected to be of great assistance in creating a safe living environment for the people and contribute to the development of Myanmar.
The Japanese Government has conducted 694 various grassroots projects in Myanmar under its GGP scheme since 1993, the number consisting of 317 education projects, 175 healthcare projects, 136 public welfare and environment projects, 31 infrastructure projects and 35 other projects. It is anticipated that this assistance will further strengthen existing friendly relations between Myanmar and Japan, which marks its 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations this year.