Japan Government will Provide 6.5 Million US$ for Border Security in Pakistan

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Islamabad:  Embassy of Japan and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has signed a project aimed at strengthening border security against illicit drug trafficking and related transnational organized crime here at Islamabad on Thursday. According to details Japan Government will provide 6.5 million USD for the project. The project will run by United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) during the (2016-2019). . Cesar Guedes, the UNODC Country Office Representative in Pakistan, Mr. Junya Matsuura, and Charge d’Affaires embassy of japan in Islamabad, High officials from the Ministry of Interior and Narcotics Control and the Economic Affairs Division were present on the occasion.

On the occasion, Mr. Cesar Guedes, the UNODC Country Office Representative in Pakistan, highlighted that through the financial support of the Government of Japan, the project will contribute to the vision of creating “A safer community, free from the threats posed by illicit narcotics trafficking and transnational organised crime.” “It is, therefore, aimed at strengthening the capacity of the Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) and other law enforcement agencies to effectively interdict illicit narcotics entering or leaving the country through air, land and sea by way of effective border management. This will be done through the provision of essential operational equipment, positioning the ANF more strategically, implementation of specialist training programmes and other capacity building measures,” he added.

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Mr. Junya Matsuura, Charge d’Affaires embassy of Japan in Islamabad reaffirmed his country’s commitment to help Pakistan eradicate all types of transnational organized crime including illicit drug trafficking. Mr. Matsuura stated that the Government of Japan stands committed to combating international criminal syndicates, which through their illicit activities hinder the economic development and prosperity of the Pakistani people. He noted Japan supports projects on border security between Pakistan and Afghanistan, as this region is the key for a stable Pakistan. He added that Japan is also funding other UN agencies assisting FATA returnees and rehabilitation of FATA in order to support the efforts of Government of Pakistan (GoP) to bring peace and stability to border region.

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It is reminded last week The Government of Japan announced 16 million US$ to fund UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and UN World Food Programme (WFP) to support Returnees in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Afghan refugees in Pakistan. The US$ 16 million consists of $US3 million for UNDP, $US 4 million for UNHCR, $US3 million for UNICEF and $US6 million for WFP. The details of these projects are as follows.

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