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Japan launches US$208 million in non-guaranteed domestic bonds

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has launched ¥22 billion (US$208 million) in non-guaranteed domestic bonds in two tranches: ¥10 billion (US$94 million) with a 10-year maturity and ¥12 billion (US$113 million) with a 20-year maturity.

The International Capital Market Association (ICMA) has dubbed these 'Social Bonds' and they are qualified by the Japan Research Institute. These bonds are expected to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Press release – Japan International Cooperation Agency

Japan provides US$18 million grant for education in Laos

Japan has agreed to provide a ¥1.9 billion (US$18 million) grant to improve the training environment for teachers in pre-primary, primary, and secondary education in Laos.

According to a Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) press release, these funds will improve educational facilities and equipment in target areas by rebuilding Teacher Training Colleges, procuring educational equipment and text, and providing consulting services.

Press release – JICA

Japan provides US$280 million in loans to support economic recovery after COVID-19 crisis in Myanmar

Japan has agreed to provide US$280 million (¥30 billion) in loans to support recovery from the economic crisis caused by COVID-19 in Myanmar.

According to a Japan International Cooperation Agency press release, the funds will contribute to Myanmar’s economic recovery by supporting the implementation of the COVID-19 Economic Relief Plan and policies related to investment, trade, and the financial sector. Specifically, the funds will fill the financial gap for short-term relief measures, and promote long-term recovery by supporting priority economic reforms.

The interest rate for the loans is 0.01% per annum with a 40-year repayment period and a 10-year grace period.

Press release – Japan International Cooperation Agency

News article – Myanmar Times

Japan provides US$472 million in loans to support COVID-19 response in India

Japan has agreed to provide US$472 million (¥50 billion) in loans for budgetary support and COVID-19 countermeasures in India.

According to a Japan International Cooperation Agency press release, the funds will provide budgetary support to the Government of India and support emergency response programs for COVID-19. The intended impact of these measures is to ultimately contribute to India’s social and economic stabilization and development. This is the largest financial assistance for India’s response to COVID-19 from any country. 

In particular, these funds will provide ICUs and infection prevention and management facilities in hospitals, and promote telemedicine through the use of digital technology in villages across India.

The interest rate for the loans is 0.01% per annum with a 15-year repayment period and a 4-year grace period.

Press release – Japan International Cooperation Agency
News article – Hindustan Times

Japan to participate in COVAX

Japan's Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare (MHLW) announced that it plans on participating in WHO’s COVID-19 vaccination program, COVAX.

COVAX, led by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, WHO, and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), is designed to prevent monopolization of vaccines, and helps buy and distribute COVID-19 vaccinations fairly around the world. While Japan has reached agreements with multiple companies, the MHLW stated that the COVAX vaccination program is another means for Japan to acquire vaccines, as well as contribute to the equitable distribution of the vaccine throughout the world.

COVAX aims to procure and deliver 2 billion doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccination by the end of 2021.

News article – Japan Broadcasting Corporation (in Japanese)
Press release - Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare (in Japanese)

Japan provides US$75 million in loans to achieve universal health coverage in Kenya

Japan has agreed to provide US$75 million (¥8 billion) in loans to achieve universal healthcare coverage (UHC) in Kenya.

According to a press release from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the loans are intended to:

  • secure the necessary funding to achieve UHC;
  • help guarantee quality healthcare services;
  • and strengthen monitoring and evaluation of UHC indicators.

At the same time, the number of COVID-19 cases is increasing in Kenya. Therefore, JICA reports that these funds will also support Kenya’s response to COVID-19 by increasing access to healthcare services and reducing financial burdens.

The interest rate is 0.95% per annum with a 30-year repayment period and a 10-year grace period.

Press release – Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

Japan provides US$5 million to improve food security and strengthen healthcare systems in Niger

Japan will provide US$4 million (¥500 million) to improve food security and $1 million (¥100 million) to strengthen the healthcare system of the Republic of Niger.

According to a Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs press release, approximately 80% of people in Niger make a living from agriculture. However, the worsening security situation has increased the number of internally displaced persons, obstructing farming. As a result, the Republic of Niger has designated 27% of agricultural areas as at risk for shortages. In cooperation with the US, Japan will provide food assistance to improve the food security.

On March 19th, the first case of COVID-19 was detected in Niger. Although the government is trying to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Japanese government sees the lack of medical equipment as hindering the response. Therefore, Japan will help strengthen Niger’s healthcare system by providing equipment such as ambulances and patient monitors.

Press release – Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in Japanese)

Japan launches initiative to address climate change in COVID-19 recovery

Japan has prepared to launch a new initiative that will share information and enable dialogue between countries as well as non-state actors on realizing a sustainable and resilient recovery from COVID-19.

As part of the initiative, Japan has developed an online platform named 'Platform Redesign 2020' detailing information on policies and actions taken by national governments to further climate change and pandemic recovery simultaneously. Furthermore, Japan will host an Online Ministerial Meeting on September 3, 2020 where ministers and high-level officials from United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Parties will exchange their opinions and information on climate and other environmental measures in the context of COVID-19.

The Platform for Redesign is led by the Japanese Ministry of the Environment, supported by UNFCC, and managed by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES).

Press release – Japanese Ministry of the Environment

Official website – Platform for Redesign 2020

Japan provides US$2 million for food assistance to Cape Verde

Japan will provide US$2 million (¥250 million) in food assistance to Cape Verde

According to a Japanese Government press release, about 10% of the total land in Cape Verde is cultivated, and the country imports about 85% of grains. Since the drought in 2016, approximately 37% of the population is facing food shortages. These funds will be used to provide food assistance and improve the country's overall food situation. 

Press release – Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in Japanese)

Japan provides US$2 million for development of young government officials from Uzbekistan

The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has announced US$2 million (¥290 million) in grants support the development of young administrative officials from the Republic of Uzbekistan. 

According to a MOFA press release, Japan is aiding economic reforms as well as promoting democratization in Uzbekistan. These funds will cover the costs for young administrative officials to obtain a Master or Doctorate degree from a Japanese graduate school, thereby strengthening human resources and the capacity of the Government of Uzbekistan to implement reforms.

Japan has been implementing similar human capital development programs with other partner country governments, such as Mongolia.

Press release – Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in Japanese)

Press release – Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in Japanese)

Japan dispatches two emergency relief teams to support Mauritius oil spill response

Japan has dispatched two emergency relief teams to Mauritius, where the shipwreck of a Japanese-operated freighter has led to the leakage of tons of oil into the sea.

Japan's efforts are in response to a call for assistance following the crash of the MV Wakashio off the coast of the island nation in late July. The  two teams, dispatched by the Government of Japan on August 10 and August 19 respectively, will help recover the heavy oil spilled and prevent further spillage. Furthermore, the Japanese Ministry of the Environment has now gotten involved by sending two experts from the National Institute for Environmental Studies.

News article – Nikkei Shimbun (in Japanese)

Press release Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Japan provides US$3.1 billion in loans for development in Bangladesh

Japan has agreed to provide ¥338 billion (US$3.1 billion) of loans for the following seven projects:

  1. Jamuna Railway Bridge Construction Project (II): ¥89 billion (US$835 million)
  2. Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport Expansion Project (II): ¥80 billion (US$751 million)
  3. Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit Development Project (IV): ¥72 billion (US$677 million)
  4. Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit Development Project (Line 5 Northern Route) (I): ¥55 billion (US$523 million)
  5. Chattogram – Cox’s Bazar Highway Improvement Project (E/S): ¥2 billion (US$18 million)
  6. Food Value Chain Improvement Project: ¥11 billion (US$105 million)
  7. Urban Development and City Governance Project: ¥28 billion (US$265 million)

This is the largest ever loan package for Bangladesh from Japan. The interest rate is 0.65% per annum (payments to consultants: 0.01% per annum) with a 20-year repayment period and a 10-year grace period.

Press release – The Japan Cooperation Agency

Japan provides food assistance to Guinea-Bissau

Japan will provide ¥250 million (US$2 million) in food assistance to Guinea-Bissau through the World Food Programme (WFP).

In Guinea-Bissau, natural disasters, flood damage, and a lack of agricultural machinery have led to chronic food shortages. About 70% of people live below the poverty line, and about 25% are undernourished. These funds aim to improve food conditions by providing food such as potatoes, canned fish, and beans.

Press release – Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in Japanese)

Japan provides US$6 million for COVID-19 response in Ecuador

Japan announced that it will provide ¥700 million (US$6 million) for health and medical equipment to strengthen Ecuador’s response to COVID-19.

As the virus has spread throughout Guayas Province, the Japanese government has identified an urgent need to increase response capability, including the provision of medical equipment and the strengthening of its health care system.

Press release – Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in Japanese)

Donor Tracker to host webinar on climate finance and role of ODA

Join the Donor Tracker this Thursday, August 6, 2020, from 16:00-17:00 (CEST), for a webinar addressing the pressing need for international climate finance in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

In 2015, the latest in a series of global climate change agreements was signed in Paris. The Paris Agreement includes a pledge made by donor countries to mobilize US$100 billion a year by 2020 for climate action in LMICs. This upcoming Donor Tracker webinar will examine the role that ODA can and should play in funding for climate action, including the US$100 billion target. It will include an overview of trends in ODA-related climate funding and policies by Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) donors.

This webinar, and our recently published report on climate finance and ODA, complements the recent addition of ‘Climate’ as a sector of analysis across the Donor Tracker Donor Profiles. Climate was added this year in recognition of the importance of climate action to the future of global development efforts.

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Japan provides US$85 million in ODA loans for sanitation development, US$2 million for COVID-19 response to Paraguay

Japan announced that it will provide ¥9.1 billion (US$85 million) in official development assistance (ODA) loans for water and sewage development, as well as ¥300 million (US$2 million) for the COVID-19 response in Paraguay.

In Paraguay, water supply coverage is about 78% and the sewage coverage rate is 11%. Therefore, this project will help renovate and establish energy-efficient water and sewage facilities in the Ciudad del Este metropolitan area, improving the living environment of the region.

Furthermore, the number of COVID-19 cases in Paraguay is increasing, and the health care system needs to be strengthened to appropriately respond to this situation.

Press release – Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in Japanese)

Japan provides US$15 million for rural water supply in Gambia

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has granted US$15 million to finance the fourth phase of the Rural Drinking Water Supply Project of Gambia. The project was launched in 2019 in line with Gambia's 2018-2021 National Development Plan.

The construction of solar-powered drinking facilities is expected to take thirty months: five months for detailed design, four months for tendering and procurement procedures, and twenty-one months for procurement and implementation.

News article – Afrik 21

Japanese loan to support construction of Bangladeshi power plant

Bangladesh has signed a loan from Japan to construct a 718-megawatt combined-cycle gas-fired power plant in Meghnaghat near Dhaka through the Lead Asia’s Private Infrastructure Fund (LEAP).

The funds include an Asian Development Bank loan of US$100 million and LEAP financing of US$100 million. The project is co-financed by the Japan Bank International Cooperation (JBIC), as well as four commercial banks, and is insured by Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI).

The project is expected to increase Bangladesh's power generation capacity by 4%, which will help reduce energy imports and decrease dependency on costly and unsustainable fuel sources, contributing to sustainable industrial and economic growth.

The LEAP Fund targets high-quality private infrastructure projects in the Asia-Oceania region, and JICA approved US$1.5 billion investment in private sector investment financing for the LEAP Fund. Such areas of investment include reducing greenhouse gases, energy efficiency, and the provision of medical devices.

Press release – Japan International Cooperation Agency