JAPANESE AID DELEGATION VISITS PALAU

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By Bernadette H. Carreon

KOROR, Palau (Palau Horizon, June 23) — A four-member Japanese Government Aid Policy Consultation mission is here this week to discuss Japan’s bilateral aid policy towards Palau.

The team is led by Akira Kono, the Director of the Country Assistance Planning Division within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as two other members of the ministry and another member from the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

The team met with a high-level Palauan delegation in order to undertake a comprehensive review of the past development assistance and to establish a comprehensive framework of development assistance in the future.

Palau President Tommy Remengesau said, "Palau and Japan have a very special relationship. We would definitely not be where it is today without the generous development assistance of Japan since achieving independence."

He added that Palau needs to become self-reliant and expand domestic capacity for its infrastructure needs.

"Through an ongoing dialogue with the Japanese government, we have been able to better identify areas where we need to build the capacity through Japanese assistance. Through these discussions we have also come to understand the Japanese perspective on overseas development assistance," Remengesau said.

June 23, 2004

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