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Japan to provide $3.5 m for counternarcotics programme

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japanThe government of Japan will provide a total amount of $3,500,000 of assistance to Afghanistan through United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) for its comprehensive counternarcotics programme to respond to the urgent needs of tackling narcotics related issues in the country.

A statement from the Japanese Embassy on Sunday said that the narcotics issue needs the cross-cutting approaches and the programme is planned to conduct several activities as follows such as strengthening of the border management for the domestic inter-agency cooperation and cross-border cooperation with neighboring countries.

In addition, it would be used for capacity building of the national institutions in anti-corruption, development of the agriculture value chains of cotton and rose and the income generation facilitation, and provision of the comprehensive drug treatment and rehabilitation services especially for the female addicts including trainings for the service providers.

Similarly, the statement said that the fund would help capacity building for the Afghan authorities for counternarcotics responses at provincial level and improvement of the cooperation between member states in prevention of drug trafficking and international organized crime by establishing a Central Asian Regional Information and Coordination Center.

It merits mention that the narcotics issue has been a great concern and a serious threat to the national and regional security. UNODC, with generous contribution from the government of Japan through 2014 supplementary budget, continues to support the government of Afghanistan in conducting effective counternarcotics activities together with the relevant line ministries and authorities.

Japan has been assisting Afghanistan’s nation-building efforts in various fields including security, education, health, culture, humanitarian assistance, agriculture, infrastructure and its capacity development.