Several Municipalities receive grants from Embassy of Japan

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times March 13, 2020 11:13

Several Municipalities receive grants from Embassy of Japan

Kruja Municipality received a grant of 72,800 Euros from the Government of Japan to enhance its post-earthquake recovery and reconstruction capacity. H.E. ITO Makoto, Ambassador of Japan to Albania, and Artur Bushi, Mayor of Kruja, signed the agreement on March 6. During the signing ceremony, Mayor Bushi expressed his gratitude to Japan and Ambassador ITO for their continued support, and underlined the importance of this grant for the Municipality and for the citizens of Kruja. On the other hand, Ambassador ITO wished for Kruja’s quick recovery from the earthquake. 

This is the third grant Japan allocates to Kruja within a 6-months period. The municipality received the first GGP grant from Japan in September last year, for purchasing a fire truck for the Fire and Rescue Service of Kruja. Also, the Regional Hospital of Kruja “Dr. Stefan Gjoni” has received a similar grant for the provision of an ambulance and emergency medical equipment last month. 

In Kruja, there are many earthquake affected buildings and houses that need to be demolished and reconstructed from scratch. Through this grant Kruja Municipality will be able to buy two backhoe loaders that will be used to remove building debris and to clean up the sites where there will be demolition works. The Municipality can use these backhoe loaders for other tasks as well such as construction, light transportation of building materials, digging holes/excavation, landscaping, breaking asphalt, and paving roads.  

Kamza Municipality has  also recently purchased its first fire truck, through a grant from Japan. The inauguration and handover ceremony for this vehicle took place in front of Kamza City Hall on March 10th. H.E. Mr. ITO Makoto, Ambassador of Japan to Albania, and Mr. Rakip Suli, Mayor of Kamza, attended this event. 

Until now, Kamza Municipality had to ask Tirana Municipality for help in cases of emergency. Fire trucks would be sent from Tirana or other nearby regions to Kamza to deal with fire, flood or accident emergencies in this area. The heavy traffic often affected the response time during these emergencies. The recently inaugurated fire truck is equipped with many tools and equipment necessary to cope with emergencies and rescue operations. 

This Grant was awarded to Kamza in the framework of the Japanese government’s ODA scheme called “the Grant Assistance for Grass-roots Human Security Projects (GGP)”, a scheme that supports development projects designed to meet the diverse basic human needs in developing countries.

In this framework, Berat now also has a new fire truck, equipped with firefighting equipment as well as rescue equipment to cope with different kinds of emergencies like fires, floods, accidents, rescue operations etc. This vehicle will strengthen the fire and rescue protection system in Berat, making the job easier for the firemen, who have been responding to emergencies with very old vehicles until now.

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times March 13, 2020 11:13