The Japanese Ambassador to Sierra Leone Mr.Keiichi Katakami has officially handed over 6,220.05MT (6,220,050 kg) Metric tons of rice to the Government of Sierra Leone as food aid from the Japanese Government.
The handing over ceremony which was held last week at Queen Elizabeth II Quay, Clinton Town was witnessed by officials from the Ministry of Trade and Industry in Sierra Leone.
This food aid was launched by the Japanese Government in response to an urgent request by Sierra Leone to cope with food shortage and surge of its prices.
Making the donation Ambassador Katakami stated that the most significant aspect of this food aid is not only that the rice was purchased and acquired by the 6 Millions Dollars grant that was made available to Sierra Leone in 2008, but also the “Counterpart Fund’ which enables the Government of Sierra Leone to make the best use of those proceeds from the rice for further developmental purposes in the country.
Ambassador Katakami expressed sincere hope that the Government of Sierra Leone would use this opportunity to make agriculture sustainable and to enhance food security.
In another development a signing ceremony of Exchange of Notes for Japan’s Non-Grant Aid (NPGA) between Ambassador Katakami and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Zainab Bangura took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
With regards to the NPGA the Government of Japan has made available 6.3 Million US Dollars to the Government of Sierra Leone of which the Government of Sierra Leone plans to import petroleum products.
The NPGA is a unique kind of economic assistance to promote economic and social development efforts of developing countries.