AMMAN (JT) – The government of Japan will extend a JD16.6 million grant ($23,500,000) to Jordan under its “Grant Aid for Environment and Climate Change” programme, a Japanese embassy statement said Monday.

Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Jafar Hassan and Japan’s ambassador to Jordan Junichi Kosuge are scheduled to sign the agreement for the grant today.

Hassan and Moshiaki Tanaka, chief representative of the Japan International Cooperation Agency’s (JICA) Jordan office, will also sign an agreement for the implementation of the “Project for Rehabilitation and Improvement of Water Facilities in Tafileh Governorate”, the statement said.

The project, which aims at improving water supply in Tafileh, entails constructing a reservoir, upgrading the water distribution network, setting up a water distribution zone and installing a pressure reducing facility and a water distribution monitoring system.

The programme is expected to reduce the rates of non-revenue water and leakage and increase the water supply for residents, according to the statement.

Since the establishment of the Japanese embassy in Amman in 1974, Japan, in cooperation with JICA, has provided Jordan with a total of JD2.5 billion ($3.6 billion), as official development assistance in various fields, such as water, environment, health, education, vocational training and regional cooperation, the statement said.