The Japan Ambassador to Sierra Leone Keiichi Katakami has expressed his Country’s commitment and determination to develop Sierra Leone by providing funds and technical expertise for the rapid development of the Country.
Addressing journalists yesterday at the Sierra Leone News Agency (SLENA) in Freetown, the Ambassador highlighted some of the assistance given to the Government and people of Sierra Leone.
He highlighted that in 2005 they gave a grant of US $11 Million, in 2006 US $12 million, 2007 $ US 16 Million and in 2008US $21.6Million for the development of the Country.
“The people of Japan have strong respect for what Sierra Leoneans have been doing after the civil war in consolidating peace and embarking on infrastructural development which is a laudable effort” he said.
Katakami stressed that the government of Japan is committed to helping Sierra Leone in the area of Agriculture, Energy and Power, training programmes and youth employment.
The Ambassador maintained that through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), they have assisted Sierra Leoneans in many parts of the Country.
Consular General at the Embassy, Dr Kishore Shankerdas also explained some of the goodies Japan has done for Sierra Leone