Japan funds construction of roads and hospital in AfghanistanA press release issued today by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) said that a ceremony was held today in Afghanistan’s province of Bamiyan to celebrate the construction work that that has started on the construction of the Foladi Valley Road. Officials from the United Nations, Provincial Governor Habiba Sorabi, as well as Japan’s Ambassador to Afghanistan (Reiichiro Takahashi) were present at the event. According to the press release, the project, which is funded by the Japanese government, “will involve the construction of 12.3 km of asphalt road and 5.37 km of gravel road in the Foladi Valley, with a further 2 km of asphalt road constructed in Bamiyan New City”. The release added that the project is vital to improving the lives people in Bamiyan province.
In other development news, yesterday, Afghanistan’s Bakhtar News Agency reported that the foundation stone was laid down last week for a new Japanese funded hospital in the Darul Aman area of Kabul. The 80-bed hospital will be constructed on 2.5 acres of land. The focus of the hospital will be to combat diseases such as tuberculosis (TB), HIV, and Malaria. The Japanese government will not only fund the construction of the building, but they will also provide sophisticated medical equipment to the hospital, the BNA report added.