Ramallah, 23 Rabiul Akhir 1434/5 March 2013 (MINA) – The Japanese government through its representative in Ramallah on Monday (4/3) said that Japan has donated $ 10 million for Palestinian development programs.
     The donation are channeled through the Palestinian Recovery and Development Plan Multi-Donor Trust Fund (PRDP-MDTF) of the World Bank, palestinenewsnetwork.ps. reported as quoted by Mi’raj News Agency (MINA).
     Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad signed a memorandum of understanding with Junya Matsuura, Japan’s representative to Palestine and Mariam Sherman, World Bank Director for West Bank and Gaza.
     Japan officially supports the establishment of a Palestinian State since 2012.
It is a form of commitment since the signing of the Oslo agreement in 1994, and the assistance which provided was a part of $ 1.34 billion of the total amount that will be donated to the country that still colonized by Israel.
     Japanese aid is specifically to be used for the development of the Palestinian economy that will be channeled through their ministries. It becomes very important to prepare a Palestinian state which has clear national development plan.
     Previously, Japan has also provided the assistance through UNRWA,UNHCR and other UN agencies.

CEAPAD Development Assistance

     Meanwhile, Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Marty M. Natalegawa in the mid-February 2013 attended the State Conference of East Asia for the Acceleration of Development in Palestine (CEAPAD – Conference on Cooperation among East Asian Countries for Palestinian Development).
     CEAPAD conference is intended to expand cooperation among the countries in Asia in order to improve the economic and social development in Palestine, and complements initiatives Triangular cooperation Indonesia-Japan-Palestine.
     The conference was also attended by Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, who acted as co-host with Japan’s Foreign Minister, Umio Kishida. The conference resulted in the Joint Statement that laid the framework for the implementation of concrete cooperation in the future.
     At the conference, Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa stressed the importance of the Conference of CEAPAD members to focus on four keys development assistance to Palestine in order to be more effective.
     First, the aid given should really be based on real needs and “national ownership” of Palestine. Secondly, the assistance provided countries of East Asia is an area of excellence (expertise) of the donor. Third, it must have good coordination between the various programs which provided. And fourth program is the implementation must be sustainable.
     Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa also highlighted the financial difficulties faced by the Palestinian Authority due to Israel’s actions.
    “Detention of Palestinian tax revenues by Israel has resulted the financial crisis and also inhibited Palestine in providing social services. Therefore, Indonesia within the framework of the OIC has proposed a safety net modalities to address the financial crisis of Palestine, “Natalegawa said. (T/P04/E1)

Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)

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