Japan announces aid of $18.5 mn to India in view of Covid surge

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Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga (File pic)

New Delhi (NVI) Japan today announced an Emergency Grant Aid of approximately 18.5 million US dollars to India in view of the current surge of COVID-19 infections here.

Through the assistance announced today, 300 ventilators announced on April 30 will be transported to India by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), said a statement issued by the Japanese Embassy in New Delhi.

Moreover, additional 500 ventilators and 500 oxygen concentrators will be provided to India through UNOPS as a part of the assistance of up to 50 million dollars announced on May 5, it said.

As a result, 800 ventilators and 800 oxygen concentrators in total will be provided to India through a series of recent Japanese assistance.

On April 30, the Government of Japan announced its decision to proceed with the procedure to provide 300 oxygen concentrators and 300 ventilators to India in coordination with the Government of India.

On May 5, Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi informed External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar that Japan was ready to provide additional grant assistance of up to 50 million US dollars to India, based on the latter’s needs.

Japan stands with India, our friend and partner, in her efforts to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic through this additional emergency assistance, and hopes that Japan’s assistance will contribute to alleviating and containing the COVID-19 situation in India, the statement said.