On March 9, 2017, Ambassador of Japan to BiH, Kazuya Ogawa, participated in a handover ceremony for “The Project for Support of Demining in Samac and Donji Zabar” and “The Project for Support of Demining in Domaljevac-Samac and Brcko District” in Brcko District located in the north part of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Alongside Ambassador Ogawa, Mr. Esed Kadric, President of the Assembly of Brcko District, Mr. Dorde Milicevic, Mayor of Municipality Samac, Mr. Miroslav Lucic, Deputy Mayor of Municipality Domaljevac-Samac, Mr. Nikola Dokanovic, Mayor of Municipality Donji Zabar, Mr. Zdravko Jonjic, Deputy Director of operation BHMAC BiH and Ambassador Damjan Bergant, ITF Director-Ambasador attended the ceremony. The Government of Japan granted 354,071 Euros (or 692,503 KM) and 311,726 Euros (or 609,683 KM) to ITF for demining of total 530,097 square meters of terrain in the District and 3 Municipalities.
Brcko District and 3 Municipalities were one of the worst landmine contaminated area in BiH, because these areas had been the front lines during the conflict in 1990s. Moreover, since the great flood hit these areas on May 2014 and many landmines might be flowed out, demining in these areas was emergency issue. Thanks to these two projects, the life conditions for a total of about 130,000 people in these areas have been improved. Furthermore, it is expected that these projects will contribute to local economics by effective utilization of land for agriculture and forestry.
Demining is one of priority areas of Japanese assistance to Bosnia and Herzegovina. Since 1996, the Government of Japan has granted over 8.3 million EUR (approx. 160 million KM).