On 2 March, Ambassador Junichi Ihara exchanged notes concerning Japan’s contribution to assist three projects of the International Trade Centre (ITC) in the Middle East and Africa with Ms. Arancha González, Executive Director of the ITC.
This contribution is part of a supplementary budget of fiscal year 2017, for social and economic stability in the Middle East and Africa. Japan will contribute 1 million USD to assist three ITC projects in these regions, including Sudan, the Gaza Strip and Syria. These projects aim to promote social stability through vocational training for refugees and internally displaced populations including the youth and women. It is expected to expand their employment opportunities and to promote trade-led economic growth.
This assistance is based on “the humanitarian and development nexus” approach which Japan places importance on, and is expected to contribute to achieving the SDGs.
- Sudan: Support Sudan Accession to the World Trade Organization
- Gaza: Enhance Employment of Refugees and Young Population in Gaza in information technology (IT) and IT enabled services (ITES) sector
- Syria: Enabling Trade through Digital Channels for Internally Displaced Populations (IDPs) and Artisans