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TICAD8: Japan announces US$100 million in funding for Tunisia COVID-19 Social Protection Emergency Response Project

Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi said his government had approved US$100 million (about TND 321 million) in funding as part of the Tunisia COVID-19 Social Protection Emergency Response Support Project, TICAD 8 Media Coordinator Mohamed Trabelsi told TAP.

The announcement was made at the end of a meeting which brought together Friday Minister of Foreign Affairs, Migration and Tunisians Abroad Othman Jerandi and Japan's Yoshimasa Hayashi. The latter is visiting Tunisia to attend the eighth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD 8).

Trabelsi said Tunisia and Japan had inked two partnership agreements; the first provides for technical and financial cooperation and the financing of the Tunisian government's development projects and reform programmes in various fields.

Tunisia will join the Japanese initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions under the second agreement. This is within the framework of Article 6 of the Paris Agreement.

The conference is jointly organised by Japan, the African Union Commission, the UN, the United Nations Development Programme and the World Bank.