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Japan Signed New Grant Aid for Safe Water

                                                               Mr. YAMAYA Hiroyuki, Charge d' Affaires ad Interim of Japan to
                                                                                              Bangladesh with Mr. Shahidul Islam, 
                                                                 Additional Secretary, Economic Relations Division, Ministry of Finance

        On 27th January, signing ceremony of the Japanese Grant Aid “Economic and Social Development Programme”(JPY 500 million, about USD 4.5 million)was held at Economic Relations Division (ERD) of the Ministry of Finance. Mr. YAMAYA Hiroyuki, Charge d’Affaires ad interim of Japan to Bangladesh, and Mr. Shahidul Islam, Additional Secretary, Economic Relations Division, Ministry of Finance signed the Exchange of Notes representing respective government.
       This Grant Aid provides Bangladesh government with a drilling rig for deep wells and related equipment to improve access to safe drinking water.
       In Bangladesh, shallow groundwater is used as the main drinking water source. Since many wells contain arsenic exceeding the standard, securing safe water is an urgent issue. This Grant Aid will provide a drilling rig to install a deep well with a depth of 200m or deeper. This is expected to improve the water and sanitation environment and contribute to improve the quality of life in Bangladesh.