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Decembar 28, 2015

Handover Ceremony for “the Project for Improvement of Garbage Collection Vehicles in Kladanj”

On Dec 15, 2015, the handover ceremony for “the Project for Improvement of Garbage Collection Vehicles in Kladanj” was held in Kladanj municipal premises. The ceremony was attended by Deputy Head of Mission of Japan in Bosnia and Herzegovina Mr. Kazumasa Miyazaki, Mayor of Kladanj Municipality Mr. Jusuf Čavkunović, Director of the Federal Environmental Protection Fund Mr. Safet Harbinja, Assistant Minister for the Environment and Natural Protection of Tuzla Canton Mr. Goran Mišić and Director of the non-profit company Ekopak Ltd. Sarajevo Ms. Amela Hrbat.

The Government of Japan granted 93,457 EUR (182,786KM) to Kladanj Municipality for procurement of two garbage collection vehicles for improvement of living and environmental conditions in the municipality. In addition to the Japanese grant, the Federal Ministry of Environment and Tourism, Ekopak Ltd., Tuzla Canton Ministry of Physical Planning and Environmental Protection and Kladanj Municipality secured 55,329 EUR (108,214KM) in total. This project would improve waste collection for 15,000 municipal residents.

Environmental protection is one of priority areas of Japanese assistance policy in Bosnia and Herzegovina. So far, Japan has supported a number of projects aimed at contributing to environmental protection across the country through GAGP scheme in Bosnia and Herzegovina since 1996.

December 28 , 2015

Handover Ceremony for the Project for Improvement of Heating System for Jova Jovanović Zmaj Primary School in Trebinje.

On Dec 9, 2015, the handover ceremony for “The Project for Improvement of Heating System for Jova Jovanović Zmaj Primary School in Trebinje” was held in the primary school premises. The ceremony was attended by Deputy Head of Mission of Japan to Bosnia and Herzegovina Mr. Kazumasa Miyazaki, Deputy Mayor of Trebinje Municipality Mr. Neđo Ćebedžija, and School headmaster Mr. Darko Jegdić.

The Government of Japan has granted 65,188 EUR (approximately 127,496 KM) to the Primary School “Jova Jovanović Zmaj” for renovation of the central heating system and boiler room, as well as installation of new radiators in the central school building.

Completed renovation work provided appropriate sanitary conditions and improved learning and teaching environment for 1060 pupils, as well as 113 teachers and other school staff.

The Government of Japan focuses on primary education as one of priority sectors from the basic human needs perspective. Since 1996, the Government of Japan has supported projects in more than 70 primary schools in Bosnia and Herzegovina through the GAGP scheme.

December 28 , 2015

Handover Ceremony for the Project for Improvement of Heating System for Primary School "Risto Proroković" Nevesinje

The handover ceremony for "the Project for Improvement of Heating System for Primary School "Risto Proroković" Nevesinje" was held on 8 December 2015 in the school premises. The ceremony was attended by Deputy Head of Mission of Japan to Bosnia and Herzegovina Mr. Kazumasa Miyazaki, Mayor of Nevesinje Municipality Mr. Momčilo Šiljegović, and School headmaster Mr. Milan Bejatović.

The Government of Japan granted 92,848 EUR (approximately 181,594KM) to the Primary School "Risto Proroković" in Nevesinje for installation of the new central heating system, including installation of new radiators in separate classrooms which replaced old wood stoves, and renovation of the floor, walls and doors in 17 classrooms in the school building. Completed renovation works improved learning and teaching environment for around 960 students, 140 teachers and other school staff.

The Government of Japan focuses on primary education as one of priority sectors from the basic human needs perspective. Since 1996, the Government of Japan has supported projects in more than 70 primary schools in Bosnia and Herzegovina through the GAGP scheme.

December 16 , 2015

Ambassador of Japan Kazuya Ogawa handed over 5,000 blankets and 1,000 mats to UNHCR for preparedness for possible influx of refugees and migrants to the West Balkan countries

On December 16th, in Sarajevo, Ambassador of Japan to Bosnia and Herzegovina Mr. Kazuya Ogawa officialy handed over 5,000 blankets and 1,000 mats to Mr. Andrew Mayne, UNHCR Regional Representative for South-Eastern Europe and Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, for preparedness for possible influx of refugees and migrants to Republic of Albania, Republic of Kosovo, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In September 2015, the Government of Japan decided to allocate 2 million US Dollars (approximately 3,424,372KM) to UNHCR, IOM and IFRC, aiming to provide support for improving the reception centers for refugees and migrants, enhancing the capacity of border management, food and medical services among others mainly to Republic of Serbia and Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, both of which are non-EU countries without the coverage of EU safety net, and where many refugees and migrants pass through on their way to EU member countries.

In this framework, 108,000 US Dollars (approximately 185,000 KM) was provided to the UNHCR Regional Office in Sarajevo, which covers the West Balkan region including Bosnia and Herzegovina, out of the total amount of one million US Dollars (US$1,000,000) in the project of UNHCR titled ”Emergency Grant Aid for the influx of refugees and migrants in Europe” . By using a part of the donated funds, the office has so far procured 5,000 blankets and 1,000 mats for preparedness for possible influx refugees and migrants to Republic of Albania, Republic of Kosovo, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The funds will also be used for additional supply of core-relief items depending on further development of the situation in the region.

December 11 , 2015

Opening Ceremony of the daycare center for children with disabilities in Orasje

On 11th of December Ambassador Kazuya Ogawa participated in the opening ceremony of the daycare center for children with disabilities in Orasje. This center was totally damaged by the flood in May 2014 and the government of Japan together with Orasje city and IOM implemented the rehabilitation of this center. It is expected that about 80 children with disabilities are able to go back to this newly constructed daycare center.

November 27, 2015

Ambassador of Japan Kazuya Ogawa attended a handed over ceremony of the UNDP project “Landslide Disaster Risk Management in Bosnia and Herzegovina”

On November 27, Ambassador of Japan to Bosnia and Herzegovina Mr. Kazuya Ogawa attended a handover ceremony of the UNDP project “Landslide Disaster Risk Management in Bosnia and Herzegovina” in Vogosca, together with Mr. Edin Smajlic, Mayor of Vogosca Municipality, and Ms. Sezin Sinanoglu, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative. A representative of the local residents attended the ceremony, too.

The Government of Japan, as a part of the Japanese assistance to the flood that occurred in May 2014 in Bosnia and Herzegovina, donated 2.94 million USD to the project. The project provides support to 9 flood-affected local municipalities (Doboj, Gorazde, Maglaj, Srebrenik, Tuzla, Zenica, Zvornik, Zepce and Vogosca) in order to remediate landslides and stabilize lands through specific risk-reduction works, as well as to strengthen their landslide management and monitoring capacities. In Vogosca, more than 50 households or about 300 residents enjoy direct benefit of the project.

November 11, 2015

Handover Ceremony for the Project for Improvement of Heating System for the Health Care Center Velika Kladuša

On Nov 11, 2015, the handover ceremony for the Project for Improvement of Heating System for the Health Care Center Velika Kladuša was held in Health Care Centre Velika Kladuša with attendance of Deputy Head of Mission of Japan in Bosnia and Herzegovina Mr. Kazumasa Miyazaki, Prime Minister of Una-Sana Kanton Mr. Izudin Saračević, Mayor of Velika Kladuša Municipality Mr. Edin Behrić and Director of HCC Velika Kladuša Ms.Lirija Jusufović.

The Government of Japan granted 72,584 EUR (approximately 141,961KM) to Health Care Centre Velika Kladuša for the Project for Improvement of Heating System for the Health Care Centre Velika Kladuša.

The granted funds provided for reconstruction of over 35 years old central heating installations and thermo-insulation of the Health Care Centre facilities. The aim of the project is to secure optimal heating of the premises where health care services are provided to patients, and improve quality of offered health care services.

Reconstruction of mechanical installations of the central heating system in Health Care Centre Velika Kladuša, and thermo-insulation of a few HCC buildings, including maternity building, will enhance provision of health care services to all the Municipal residents and contribute to energy savings in the Health Care Centre.

The Government of Japan attaches importance to projects in the sector of health care. Since 1996, over 50 million EUR has been granted for improvement of the quality of health care in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

November 10, 2015

Handover Ceremony for the Project for Rehabilitation of Water Network in Bosanski Petrovac

On Nov 10, 2015, the handover ceremony for “Rehabilitation of Water Network in Bosanski Petrovac“ was held in Bosanski Petrovac Municipality. The ceremony was attended by Deputy Head of Mission of Japan in Bosnia and Herzegovina Mr. Kazumasa Miyazaki, Prime Minister of Una-Sana Kanton Mr. Izudin Saračević and Mayor of Bosanski Petrovac Municipality Mr. Zlatko Hujić.

The Government of Japan granted 92,319 EUR (approximately 180,560 KM) to Bosanski Petrovac Municipality for rehabilitation of entire water network in 25. November and Ploca Streets. The aim of the project is to provide regular water supply to 1200 Municipal residents, including residential houses and Mixed High School „Bosanski Petrovac“.

The Government of Japan attaches importance to water supply sector from the perspective of basic human needs. Since 1996, over 1.3 million EUR was granted for water supply projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

October 14, 2015

Ambassador of Japan to BiH Kazuya Ogawa Handed Over Three Special Water Rescue Vehicles Worth 3 million KM to the Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herezegovina

Ambassador of Japan to Bosnia and Herzegovina Kazuya Ogawa officialy handed over three special water vehicles to Minister of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina Dragan Mektić at the ceremony which took place today in the premises of the Ministry of Security of BiH (Operation-Communication Center).

The ceremony was also attended by Director of Civil Protection of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina Fahrudin Solak, Director of Republic Administration of Civil Protection of Republika Srpska Veseljko Elez and Head of Public Safety Department of Brcko District Uroš Vojnović.

These three vehicles, whose total value is approximately 2 million KM, were provided under Non-Project Grant Aid in order to strengthen water rescue capabilities of the BiH authorities in cases of severe flooding. These vehicles that were manufactured in Japan will function as the base for launching complex water rescue operations and are equipped with inflatable rescue boats, air-compressors, complete diving equipment and LED search lights.

End-users of equipment will be civil protection administrations of FBiH and RS, as well as Public Safety Department of Brcko District, whose directors officially received equipment for permanent use.

October 5, 2015

Ambassador Ogawa Attended a Signing Ceremony of Medical Equipment Worth BAM 664,973 hosted by H.E. Mr. Osmanovic, Minister of Civil Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina

On October 5, Ambassador of Japan to BiH, Kazuya Ogawa, attended a signing ceremony of medical equipment whose value is BAM 664,973. The ceremony was hosted by H.E. Mr. Adil Osmanovic, Minister of Civil Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The Clinical Center of Sarajevo University (KCUS),  Hospital “SV. Apostol Luka” in Doboj and Hospital “Dr Mladen Stojanovic” in Prijedor receive a computed radiography system respectively which was produced in Japan from the Government of Japan under the scheme “Non-Project Grant Aid for Provision of Japanese Industrial Products”. This ceremony was organized by Ministry of Civil Affairs to hand over the computed radiography system to the three hospitals. Under the scheme, the three hospitals and “Health Center” in Brcko have already received a video gastroscope system respectively.

Donation of advanced medical equipment is only one component of the scheme whose total value is estimated at approximately 3.2 million KM. Another component is donation of three water rescue vehicles for three civil protection units in BiH (FBiH, RS and Brcko).

July 16, 2015

Handover Ceremony for the Project for Support of Demining in Herzegovina International Tourism Corridor

On July 16, 2015, the handover ceremony for “the Project for Support of Demining in Herzegovina International Tourism Corridor” was held in Ravno Municipality. The ceremony was attended by H.E. Mr. Kazuya Ogawa, Ambassador of Japan to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mr. Andrija Simunovic, Mayor of Ravno Municipality, Ivica Brkic, Head of BHMAC Regional Office Mostar, and other persons concerned. The Government of Japan granted 605,190 Euros (approximately 1,183,649 KM) to the Municipality of Ravno for demining of 638,436 square meters of terrain in the Municipality.
 
Despite tourism potential of Ravno Municipality, located between Dubrovnik and Mostar, with rich cultural heritage and natural resources, the risk of mines posed a threat to local residents living nearby mined areas, and was obstacle to economic activity and tourism development. The implementation of this project enabled local people to live in a safe environment, and created conditions to advance local economy through promotion of tourism and agriculture.

This project is expected to create synergy between this completed demining project and Japanese technical cooperation project titled “Herzegovina International Tourism Corridor and Environmental Protection Project”, aiming at tourism industry growth and environmental protection in Herzegovina.

Demining is a precondition for sustainable development. Since 1996, the Government of Japan has provided assistance for demining in Bosnia and Herzegovina totalling around 8 million Euro.


July 15, 2015

Ambassador Ogawa’s visit to City Mayor of Mostar

On July 15th, Ambassador Kazuya Ogawa visited Mr. Ljubo Beslic, City Mayor of Mostar.

Mr. Beslic welcomed Ambassador Ogawa’s visit to City of Mostar and expressed appreciation to the cooperation from the Government of Japan to City of Mostar. Both  discussed “the Project for Rehabilitation of Sports Center in Mostar for Community Reconciliation through Sport Activities” whose Grant Contract was signed on January 21st this year.

July 14, 2015

The Government of Japan grants 665,797 EUR to ITF for demining activities in 530,097 square meters land in Bosnia and Herzegovina

On July 14, 2015, the Grant Contract for „The Project for Support of Demining in Samac and Donji Zabar“, and the Grant Contract for „The Project for Support of Demining in Domaljevac-Samac and Brcko“ were signed between Mr. Kazuya Ogawa, Ambassador of Japan to Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Mr. Damjan Bergant, Ambassador, Director of ITF Enhancing Human Security(ITF)). The Government of Japan will grant 665,797 EUR to ITF for the implemtation of the two projects. Out of that amount, 354,071EUR is allocated for demining activities in Samac and Donji Zabar, while the remaining 311,726 EUR will be utilized for demining activities in Domaljevac-Samac and Brcko District. With implementation of two projects, a total of 530,097 square meters of mine affcted land will be released to the local population.

The projects are co-financed by the U.S. Embassy in BiH in the amount of 40,000 EUR for the project administration costs. Ms. Maureen Cormack, Ambassador of the United States of America to BiH attended the ceremony. From Bosnia and Herzegovina, representatives of BHMAC, Municipalities of Samac, Donji Zabar and Domaljevac-Samac, and Brcko District attended it.

Mines still pose serious threat to the safety of the local population in Bosnia and Herzegovina according to BHMAC, an estimated 120,000 landmines and ERWs remain in known minefields throughout BiH. Since 1996, the Government of Japan has donated around 8 million EUR for demining activities across Bosnia and Herzegovina.


June 24, 2015

Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) accepting applications for participation in the 41st International Food & Beverage Exhibition „Foodex Japan 2016“

JETRO is now accepting applications for participation in JETRO Zone in "FOODEX JAPAN 2016" “ that will be held in Tokyo, Japan from March 8-11, 2016. Applications are accepted under support program “JETRO Zone “.

Applications are open until July 17, 2015 to food and beverage firms from developing economies, including Bosnia and Herzegovina, interested in introducing their products to the Japanese market and connecting with prospective business partners. Exhibitors in JETRO Zone can benefit from reduction of participation fees, consultation with Japanese market experts as well as other support and services.

In 2013, thanks to JETRO’s support, five companies including 4 wineries from Bosnia and Herzegovina participated in in the 38th International Food & Beverage Exhibition „Foodex Japan 2013“.  As a result of their successful participation at the Fair, Vinarija Nuić d.o.o. and Podrumi manastira Tvrdoš Trebinje exported their wines to Japan, marking the first time that wine produced in Bosnia and Herzegovina is sold in the Japanese market.

Don't miss this valuable opportunity to exhibit your products at one of the Asia's largest annual food exhibitions held since 1976. The number of visitors in 2015 is 77,361, while 80,000 professional buyers are expected in 2016.  

Explore this website http://www.jetro.go.jp/en/events/foodex2016/ for additional details and participation requirements.

March 18, 2015

The Government of Japan grants over 300,000 KM for two projects in flood-affected municipalities (Šamac and Doboj South)

The Government of Japan has decided to provide grant aid amounting to EUR 76,848 (150,300 KM) for the Project for Rehabilitation and Expansion of a Facility of Primary School Samac that was damaged by last year’s flooding. The Government of Japan will also grant EUR 77,156 (150,904 KM) to Doboj South Municipality for procurement of garbage collection vehicle.

Ambassador of Japan to Bosnia and Herzegovina Hideo Yamazaki signed the grant contracts with Mr. Slobodan Čeliković, Headmaster of Primary School Samac, and Ms. Jasminka Begić, Mayor of Doboj South Municipality at the ceremony that was held today at the Embassy of Japan in Sarajevo.

The first project is to rehabilitate and expand a gymnasium of the school of Šamac which was severely damaged by the flood, and to enable the school to provide adequate physical education to its pupils. The second project is to equip the Doboj South Municipality with a new garbage collection vehicle that will replace the old one which was damaged by the flood, and to improve the garbage collection and sanitary condition in the Municipality.

Financing for these two projects is part of the 5 million EUR (approximately 10 million KM) of post-flood assistance that Japan pledged at the donors conference held in July 2014. Japanese Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina has mobilized all possible instruments and assistance schemes to support the recovery and reconstruction of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

March 17, 2015

Hideo Yamazaki, Ambassador of Japan to BiH receives the award of European Movement 2014

March 17th, Hideo Yamazaki, Ambassador of Japan in Bosnia and Herzegovina, received the award of European Movement 2014 from members of European Movement delegation. The organization highly recognized Japan’s long-year contribution for the development of Bosnia and Herzegovina ever since the end of war.

European Movement is one of the most recognized non-governmental organizations in Bosnia and Herzegovina and this award was created in 2010. So far this medal was awarded to several political figures such as the High Representative Valentin Inzko and vice-Prime Minister of Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajcak. On the occasion of the ceremony Ambassador Yamazaki expressed gratitude on behalf of Japanese People.

March 11, 2015

Government of Japan extends grant aid amounting to 500 million Japanese Yen (approximately 7.2 million KM) to the authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina for provision of Japanese hybrid and clean diesel vehicles

Ambassador of Japan to Bosnia and Herzegovina Hideo Yamazaki and Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina Zlatko Lagumdžija signed and exchanged Notes on Non-Project Grant Aid for Provision of Japanese Next-Generation Vehicle amounting to 500 million Japanese Yen (approximately 7.2 million KM).

The funds will be utilized for procurement of hybrid and clean-diesel vehicles produced in Japan which will be assigned to local communities in BiH, in particular those that were heavily damaged in last year's floods. End-users will be key social welfare institutions that operate at the local level.

A Japanese procurement agency nominated by the Government of Japan will dispatch an expert to Bosnia and Herzegovina in the near future who will, in close coordination with relevant authorities in BiH, determine the needs and number of end-users. The exact number of vehicles that will be provided under this grant is to be decided, because it is subject to tender procedure that will be executed in Japan. However, all local communities in BiH (143 of them) may potentially benefit from this grant.

This grant is fourth large-scale grant provided to the authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the last two years. The other three grants, whose overall value is approximately 11 million KM, are under implementation.

Financing for this project is part of flood-assistance funds of 5 million EUR (approximately 10 million KM) that Japan pledged at the donors conference that was held in July 2014. The Embassy of Japan in Bosnia and Herzegovina has mobilized all possible instruments and assistance schemes to support the recovery and reconstruction of Bosnia and Herzegovina. As a result, Japan will not only meet but also exceed its pledge to help the recovery efforts. Japan will provide BiH approximately 27 million KM in post-flood assistance, which is more than twice as high as what Japan initially pledged.

This overall assistance will be implemented across a wide range of vital sectors and will target many key intitutions at different levels of the governments.

March 10, 2015

The Government of Japan grants over 600,000 KM to five Health Care Centres in Bosnia and Herzegovina that were severely damaged by last year’s floods

The Government of Japan decided to grant 317,582 EUR (approximately 621,136 KM) to 5 health care centres in Bosnia and Herzegovina that sustained severe damage in last year's floods. Recipients of the grants are: Health Care Centre Maglaj, Health Care Centre Doboj, Health Care Centre Šamac, Health Care Centre Domaljevac-Šamac and Health Care Centre Šekovići.
 
Ambassador of Japan to Bosnia and Herzegovina Hideo Yamazaki signed grant contracts with Directors of the above mentioned five Health Care Centres at the ceremony that was held today at the Embassy of Japan in Sarajevo.

Health Care Centres in Maglaj, Doboj and Šamac will receive each up to 77,869 EUR (approximately 152,300KM) for procurement of multi-purpose X-ray apparatus that will replace old X-ray equipment. The Government of Japan will provide a grant amounting to 42,642 EUR (approximately 83,400 KM) to Health Care Centre in Domaljevac-Šamac for provision of ultrasound apparatus and laboratory equipment. Health Care Centre Šekovići will receive a grant amounting to 41,333EUR (approximately 80,842KM) that will be utilized for procurement of a new ambulance vehicle. All of the health care centres and their medical equipment were severely damaged by floods that occurred in May 2014.

Financing for these five projects is part of the 5 million EUR (approximately 10 million KM) of post-flood assistance that Japan pledged at the donors conference held in July 2014. Japanese Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina has mobilized all possible instruments and assistance schemes to support the recovery and reconstruction of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The Government of Japan attaches great importance to health sector projects. Since 1996, almost 50 million EUR has been granted for improvement of medical equipment or provision on ambulance vehicles in primary health care institutions across this country.  

March 9, 2015

Ambassador of Japan to Bosnia and Herzegovina Hideo Yamazaki Awarded ''Best Ambassador For the Region of South-Eastern and Central Europe in 2014''

A jury of the International Independent Agency, the European Association of Managers and the Euromanager magazine has declared Ambassador of Japan to Bosnia and Herzegovina Hideo Yamazaki the best ambassador for the region of South-Eastern and Central Europe in 2014. Mr. Pane Škrbić, President of the Organizational Committee, handed out this award to Ambassador Yamazaki today at the Embassy of Japan in Sarajevo. Decision to present this prestigious award was originally announced in Banja Luka on December 17th 2014, where the 31st Award Ceremony for the Best Manager of the Year and the Best Company of the Year in the South Eastern and Central Europe took place.

In the rationale of the Regional Judging Panel for this award it was stated that Ambassador Yamazaki received this award in recognition of his personal contribution and efforts to promote economic and friendly ties between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Japan.

The award the Best Manager of the Year has become highly appreciated and internationally recognized by the regional business community. Members of the jury were prominent businessmen, scientists and public officials from the region.

After receiving the award Ambassador Yamazaki emphasized how proud and grateful he was for winning this recognition. “This award represents acknowledgment for Japan’s assistance to Bosnia and Herzegovina and friendly cooperation between Japan and Bosnia and Herzegovina”, said Ambassador Yamazaki.

February 26, 2015

Government of Japan extends a grant aid up to 200 million Japanese Yen (approximately 3.2 million KM) to the institutions of Bosnia and Herzegovina

On February 26, Ambassador of Japan to Bosnia and Herzegovina Hideo Yamazaki and Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina Zlatko Lagumdžija signed and exchanged Notes on Non-Project Grant Aid for Provision of Japanese SME's Products (2014) amounting to 200 million Japanese Yen (approximately 3.2 million KM).

The funds will be utilized for procurement of high-tech SME products made in Japan such as weather observation system, rainfall observation system, water level alert system, water purification and water treatment equipment, as well as landslide warning system. Although the specific procurement items will be coordinated between both countries, the equipment that will be provided under the grant will strengthen operational capacities of key institutions in BiH such as water management agencies, hydrometeorological institutes of FBiH and RS, as well as civil protection administrations that are all in need of new or upgraded equipment.

This project is continuation of last year's project worth 4.6 million KM that targets the same institutions as this year, and which is currently being implemented by the relevant authorities in BiH in cooperation with a Japanese procurement agent. At the same time, financing for this project is part of flood-assistance funds of 5 million EUR (approximately 10 million KM) that Japan pledged at the donors conference that was held in July 2014.

February 23, 2015

The Government of Japan invests US$ 3.64 million (approximately BAM 6.2 million) in landslide risk management and repair of centres for disabled children in BiH

At a press conference that was held today, Ambassador of Japan to Bosnia and Herzegovina Hideo Yamazaki announced two large-scale projects financed by the Government of Japan with UNDP and IOM as implementing partners.

The first project is „Landslide Disaster Risk Management in Bosnia and Herzegovina“. The 5 million BAM worth Project, to be implemented by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), will specifically provide support to 9 landslide- and flood-affected local governments (Doboj, Goražde, Maglaj, Srebrenik, Tuzla, Vogošća, Zvornik i Žepče) to remediate and stabilize landslides through specific risk-reduction investments, as well as to strengthen their landslide management and monitoring capacities. This will ensure remediation of 10 landslide-hazardous sites, positively affecting lives of more than 4,400 people in more than 1,200 dwellings, alleviating human safety threats, contributing to restoration of livelihoods and securing development investments.

Another project is „Repair and Reconstruction of Centers for Disabled Children“. The 1.2 million BAM, implemented by International Organization for Migration (IOM), will repair and reconstruct five centres for children with disabilities, which have been damaged in the May 2014 floods - in Derventa, Orašje, Bijeljina, Srbac and Prijedor. Implementation of this project will ensure that these centers can fully resume their activities so that children with disabilities can receive professional day care services, educational and recreational opportunities that can improve the quality of their day-to-day life.

Financing for these two projects is part of the flood assistance funds amounting to 5 million EUR (approximately 10 million KM) that Japan pledged at the donors conference in July 2014.

January 21, 2015

The Government of Japan granted 226,505 EUR (approx. 443,000KM) to the City of Mostar for rehabilitation of Sports Center Kantarevac

The Government of Japan has decided to provide 226,505 EUR (approximately 443,000 KM) to the City of Mostar for the Project for Rehabilitation of Sports Center in Mostar for Community Reconciliation through Sports Activities. The Grant contract was signed on January 21, 2015 between Ambassador of Japan to Bosnia and Herzegovina Mr. Hideo Yamazaki and Mayor of the City of Mostar Mr. Ljubo Bešlić at a ceremony that was hosted by the Mayor Bešlić at Mostar City Hall.

The grant funds, that were provided under Grant Assistance for Cultural Grassroots Project Scheme, will be utilized for rehabilitation of Sports Center Kantarevac. The rehabilitation envisages construction of a new clubhouse with surface area of approximately 250 ㎡, new artificial grass pitch which will cover an area of 1,780 ㎡, as well as installation of new floodlights.

The newly reconstructed facility will serve as a training facility for Mali Most Sport Academy, whose co-founder is Mr. Tsuneyasu Miyamoto, former captain of Japanese national football team. Mali Most Academy will offer football coaching sessions for children aged 7-12, while using sports as an educational tool to promote peaceful coexistence and intercultural living amongst the youth population of the city.

This year, 2015, marks the 20th anniversary of the Dayton Peace Accords that ended the conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In the past 20 years, the Government of Japan financed numerous projects across the country supporting confidence building and reconciliation. This project in Mostar, that was once labeled the most divided city in the country, is a symbol of Japan's contribution to that process in the 20th anniversary. The project is particulary important as it targets young people who are not only the future of the country but also its greatest hope for reconciliation.