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An Exchange of Notes (E/N) for Grant Assistance to Tunisia for the “Project for Supporting the Development of the Crisis Management System” through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

10 July 2013

  1. An Exchange of Notes (E/N) concerning a general grant amounting to 254 million JPY in aid for the “Project for Supporting the Development of the Crisis Management System” was signed on 9 July 2013 in Tunis, Tunisia between Mr. Juichi Takahara, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Republic of Tunisia and Mr. Mounir Tabet, Resident Representative of UNDP in Tunisia.
  2. This project aims to support Tunisia as it transitions to a system of democratic governance by strengthening the framework and function of the country’s legal system through UNDP. In addition to the political change in 2010, political and social instability in Tunisia caused by the deteriorating situations in neighboring countries has become an increasing concern.
  3. This assistance enables lessons learnt to be shared between relevant organizations and the national and rural governments; it also improves their collaboration in regards to crisis prevention and management. This aid is expected to contribute to the improvement of peace and order and the reduction of potential threats such as terror attacks in Tunisia.
  4. At the 5th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V), which was held in June, Japan announced its commitment to improve the capacity of Governments in North Africa and the Sahel Region to implement counter-terrorism. The aforementioned project will be implemented as part of this commitment.

(Reference)Tunisia is situated in North Africa and its land area is 160,000 km2 (about 2/5 the size of Japan), its population is about 10.67 million (World Bank, 2011) and its gross national income (GNI) per capita is 4,070 USD (World Bank, 2011).

 


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