Japan donates 10 million EC worth of equipment and supplies to Dominica

Tatsuo Hirayama Japanese Ambassador to Dominica

Approximately $10 million dollars’ worth of equipment and supplies have been donated to Dominica from the government of Japan.

The donation, made through the Japanese Grant Aid Programme included loaders, chainsaws, dump trucks, command vehicles and compactor trucks.

They were handed over at a ceremony at the Windsor Park Stadium on Wednesday.

The equipment will go to the Ministry of Public Works and Ports, Fire and Ambulance Department, The Officer of Disaster Management (ODM) and the Solid Waste Management Corporation.

Three programmes have been implemented under the Japanese Grant Aid Programme for Economic and Social Development.

Material and equipment under programme 3 are currently being received, some of which includes generators, water pumps. The Beneficiary Agencies are the ODM, The Ministry of Environment, Climate Resilience, Disaster Management and Urban Renewal.

Left, Minister of Foreign Affairs Francine Baron and Tatsuo Hirayama

Minister for Foreign Affairs Francine Baron said the investment of the Japanese government has not only been in building infrastructure, but it includes investments in capacity building which is also of critical importance to us.

According to her over the past 4 years in response to Tropical Storm Erika and Hurricane Maria the government of Japan has provided the Government and people of the Commonwealth of Dominica equipment and supplies valued in excess of EC$9 million.

“The equipment and supplies have helped to build resilience and improve the efficiency of critical first response agencies,” she said.

Meantime Ambassador of Japan to Dominica, His Excellency Tatsuo Hirayama said the donation will contribute to better preparedness and resiliency over the country to natural disasters.

“It is in everyone’s best interest that this equipment will be properly utilized and kept well maintained”, he said.

Project Manager of Japanese Grant Aid, Samuel Carrette also spoke at the handing over ceremony.

He appealed to recipients of the vehicles to take care of them and put them to optimum use to advance development of the country.

A display of some of the equipment donated to Dominica


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  1. Pablov
    October 14, 2019

    Boyy look millions, this island has received much to be a developed paradise if there’s any management know-how; for a population of only 65k people, that’s less than half of St.Lucia’s population. Seriously.

  2. Dan Tanner
    October 11, 2019

    Now, maintain it for a change!

  3. brian
    October 10, 2019

    Thanks japan. I hoap ower goverment use it for the good of the people and the country. ..vision..

  4. derp
    October 10, 2019

    no it’s the government that causing the dumping by having crazy import duties on vehicles

  5. Jay
    October 10, 2019

    The equipment does not look old, and even if it was obviously dominica still needs supplies of this kind. It’s a good thing, Thank you to Japan!

  6. Blaze
    October 9, 2019

    Beggy Beggy Administration
    Beggy Beggy Supporters (Red Clinic)
    Just Beggy Beggy….

  7. Kalinago Justice
    October 9, 2019

    While we should be grateful and thankful to the Japanese for their pittance that the one-man corrupt rogue regime prime mistake failed to provide. I must admit that it’s a shame and disgrace that after 20 years holding on to power,the one-man corrupt failed rogue regime prime mistake can’t provide these few pieces of equipments! :?: One can really see that this slave plantation mentality island has no standard!!!

  8. Danziger
    October 9, 2019

    Merci au gouvernement du Japon.

  9. Cyril Ralph Volney
    October 9, 2019

    Thank You to the Government and People of Japan.

    October 9, 2019

    When you do good, Good follows you in return!
    Thanks to the Government of Japan.

  11. October 9, 2019

    A heartfelt thankyou to the Government and people of Japan

  12. Michael Norris
    October 9, 2019

    Thank you very much, Japan. Much appreciated. You are a true friend of Dominica.

  13. John Cohen
    October 9, 2019

    Dumping their old used vechicles on Dominica

    • Magway ca
      October 10, 2019

      They still more dependable than the brand new crap that China gives

    • Lord help this nation
      October 10, 2019

      Used Vehicles from Japan are usually in extremely good condition, we have been importing used vehicles from them for decades now and the standard has been near to new so what is your point? I have seen Vehicles in dilapidated states all over the island that can be brought back with a lil tlc so what is your point? Why dont you push your hand in your pocket and make a donation to the island? You cant? I wonder why.

    • magway ca
      October 10, 2019

      more dependable than the new crap we getting from china

    • True
      October 10, 2019

      when was the last time you donated vehicles and equipments to the people of Dominica? you should stop being so negative

    • Joseph John
      October 10, 2019

      You are as appreciative as the uwp gang bangers.

    • Peter Hamelin
      October 11, 2019

      Ingrateful.get off your butt and get to wotk

    • Joe Linton
      October 11, 2019

      Say thank you your DAMN UNGRATEFUL!!!!!

    • Joseph John
      October 11, 2019

      45 people do not like this negatiive uwp type comment with their unappreciative mental attributes.
      These unreasonable windy people have no civility in them.
      If you are unable to say thank you, say nothing to a generous gift.
      So thank you very much Japan. We really appreciate your generosity. We apologize for those unreasonable and selfish comments of our fifth graders.

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