Japan Proffers $13.6m Grant for Pandemic

Jul 25 , 2020

The government of Japan gave 13.6 million dollars in grant funding to Ethiopia for the procurement of medical supplies to support the ongoing battle against the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The agreement was inked by Ahmed Shide, minister of Finance, and Daisuke Matsunaga, ambassador of Japan to Ethiopia, at the end of last week. The new grant is a continuation of the 2019 Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD-7) commitments to expand universal health coverage and the African health and well-being initiatives. It will be directed for the supply of critical medical equipment including accessories, spare parts, installation, operation and maintenance. This aid will strengthen the healthcare system through the provision of health and medical equipment including radiography systems and portable ultrasound scanners to hospitals and medical universities in Addis Abeba, Dire Dawa and 10 other cities, according to Daisuke.


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Zemen Bank Joins IFC's Trade Finance Program with $30m Boost

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