Praia, Cape Verde, 19 March – Japan is to provide aid of 640 million yen (US$7 million) to Cape Verde for reconstruction of infrastructures on the island of São Nicolau and in food aid, with respective agreements signed Friday in Praia.
The Cape Verdean Foreign Affairs Minsitry, cited by Cape Vedrean news agency Inforpress said that the amount in emergency aid, to the value of 300 million yen, will be channelled into reconstruction/refurbishment of infrastructures damaged by rains that devastated the island of Sao Nicolau last September.
The second agreement, which will also be signed by the Japanese ambassador to the archipelago, Takashi Saito and by the Cape Verdean Foreign Minister, José Brito, is for food aid, to the value of 340 million yen for the Japanese 2009 fiscal year.
The Japanese government has provided food aid every year as well as non-refundable aid, which has mainly been channelled to the sectors of agriculture, fishing, telecommunications, sport, water supply and management, health, staff training and infrastructure. (macauhub)