The state of Qatar has earmarked $50 million from the Qatar Friendship Fund QFF to revive the fisheries sector in Japan’s north east, the most affected by the devastating earthquake and the tsunami tidal waves of March 2011. The project, the largest by QFF, is geared towards carrying out a fish preservation project in Onagawa town in the Miyagi Prefecture.
At a news conference attended by HE Sheikh Ahmed Bin Mohamed Al Thani, the assistant foreign minister of international cooperation, a number of Japanese MPs, diplomats and corporate executives , an announcement was made to set up a $24.3 MN project for fish preservation. Implementation of the project will start later this month and will be completed in October this year.
The project is expected to create 3310 job opportunities in the town which was hardly hit by the quake. Some 50 percent of the town’s population lives on fishing.
HE the minister of state for foreign affairs, HE Dr Khalid Bin Mohamed Al Attiyah said in a recorded statement that Japan will emerge stronger from the crisis. Japan has always reached out to people in crisis throughout the world and its time for friends to step in to help it, he said.
HE Sheikh Ahmed Bin Mohamed Al Thani said in a statement that QFF will help carry out projects in damaged areas, expressing the hope the contribution will help alleviate the burden caused by the crisis.
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