The ambassador of Bhutan to Japan, V Namgyel and the ambassador of Japan to Bhutan, Kenji Hiramatsu signed the Exchange of Notes for the Japanese grant aid ‘The Project for Improvement of Medical Equipment’ at the national and regional referral hospitals on March 3 in New Delhi, India, according to a press release issued by the Japanese embassy in New Delhi.

Japan provided Nu 334.2 million (M) or Yen 551M for the project.

The ambassadors also signed three grant contracts under the Grant Assistant for Grassroots Projects. For provision of equipment to the National Mushroom Centre, Japan provided Nu 4.87M (Yen 8.4M).

Japan provided Nu 4.9M (Yen 8.5M) for the provision of medical equipment for the national referral hospital in Thimphu and Nu 4.81M  (Yen 8.3M) for the construction of a girls hostel at the Chungkha Primary School in Chukha.

Speaking at the signing ceremony held at the Japanese Embassy in New Delhi on March 3, ambassador V Namgyel conveyed the appreciation of the Royal Government to the Government of Japan for its steadfast support to Bhutan’s development for many years that has contributed to improving the quality of life of the Bhutanese.

He said that the four grant projects would further enhance the delivery of quality health services and reinforce the quality of life of the Bhutanese people by improving medical facilities, improving boarding facilities for girls and agricultural development in Bhutan.

The ambassador also said that these projects stand as further testimonies of the excellent ties of friendship, understanding and cooperation between the two countries.

Staff reporter