Japan will allocate more than $122 million this year to support humanitarian and development programs in Afghanistan. A statement to this effect was issued today, February 1, by the Japanese Embassy in Kabul.
The aid “is a vigorous step toward fulfilling Japan’s pledge made at the Geneva Conference in November 2020, where Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu reaffirmed ‘long-standing friendship and support for the people of Afghanistan. Promised financial aid of up to $180 a year will flow through 2024, a figure comparable to the previous four years.
The $122.2 million will allow for 17 humanitarian aid and economic development projects implemented by various organizations across the country.
“The security sector plays an important role in building the Afghan state as we see peace on the horizon. Our continued contribution to the Law and Order Trust Fund for Afghanistan (LOTFA) is an example of Japan’s commitment to building peace in Afghanistan, as LOTFA is an important multi-donor program that plays a vital role in strengthening the country’s security sector,” said Japanese Ambassador to Afghanistan Okada Takashi. – In light of the global pandemic, we also believe that helping the vulnerable, who are the hardest hit, is important. It is our sincere hope that this new support will help bring as many happy smiles to the Afghan people as possible.”
Japan has a long history of helping Afghanistan in various areas, including security, agriculture, rural development, human capacity, education, health care, infrastructure, and cultural projects. With an upcoming payment of $122.2 million, Japan’s cumulative aid to Afghanistan since 2001 will total $6.9 billion.