Tokyo, October 13 (QNA) – Chairman of Qatar’s Administrative Control and Transparency Authority (ACTA), HE Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah, who is also chairman of Qatar-Japan Joint Higher Committee, inaugurated in the Japanese town of Onagawa on Saturday, the multifunctional fishery processing plant at the value of USD 24.3 million through the ‘Qatar Friendship Fund’.
The inauguration ceremony was attended by Minister of State for Foreign Affairs HE Dr. Khalid Bin Mohamed Al Attiyah , the Mayor of Onagawa town Yoshiaki Suda , along with other senior officials of the said Japenese town.
HE al attiyah said in his inaugural speech ,’ First and on behalf of HH the Emir Of Qatar Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani , HH the Heir Apparent Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani and the Qatari people , I would like to offer our deepest condolences to all the citizens of the Tohoku area.. With many coastal towns devastated by the 2011 Great East Easrthquak and Tsunami disaster, the reconstruction of the fishing industry remains to be a major challenge. In support of reviving the fishery sector and returning the dreams and hopes of Tohoku’s citizens, the Qatar Friendship Fund” , has prioritized he rebuilding of the fishery industry .
” Under the leadership of Qatar’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs HE Dr. Khalid Bin Mohamed Al Attiyah,the Qatar Friendship Fund” announced last April its commitment towards the implementation of its first USD 24.3 million-fishery project here in Onagawa where the fishery industry has been severely devastated”, said HE Chairman of Qatar’s Administrative Control and Transparency Authority (ACTA).
Elaborating HE Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah said,” Today, we celebrate together the opening of the world’s first Tsunami-prepared fishery facility.The 7,760 square meter multifunctional fishery processing center will contain sorting, refrigeration, and storage facilities”.
”In addition it will employ about 7500 fishermen and will house more than 40 local companies. The facility is anticipated to generate a market value and spillover effect of 67.3 billion yen. Furthermore, this project will lead to the development of a strong and sustainable fishing industry that will support Japan’s local economy”, said HE Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah, who is also chairman of Qatar-Japan Joint Higher Committee.
Chairman of Qatar’s Administrative Control and Transparency Authority (ACTA) went on to say,”We know that there is still a lot of work for the complete recovery of the fishery sector in the Tohoku area, and we do hope that our small contribution can make a difference by nurturing the dreams and hopes of the victims of the great East Japan Earthquake and Massive Tsunami.
As you know, this year is Qatar Japan 2012 and we are celebrating 40 years of a strong and friendly partnership between our nations that is built on mutual understanding, respect and trust. Our relationship has grown stronger over the decades and covers different areas including but not limited to trade, research, diplomacy, global development, and culture.
Both HH the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani and the Qatari people are truly looking forward to strengthen our friendship with the Japanese people, and are confident that together we can make a difference.
The “Qatar Friendship Fund” underscores this friendship, and communicates it in a tangible way. Qatar’s vision reaches out to touch the lives of people in a real and positive way. Today demonstrative this, and i am honored to be here today to witness the opening of the Ongawa Fishery Process Center.
Furthermore, I would like to share with you that the “Qatar Friendship Fund” launched 5 new projects in Fukushima, Miyagi and lwate prefectures, These projects are in the areas of education, health and fishery. We hope that these projects will hopefully benefit more and more people in the very near future.
Finally, I would like to offer my most sincere appreciation to our implementation partners who have worked tirelessly on the completion of this center. I would also like to extend my thankfulness to H.E the Qatari Ambassador to Japan, Yousuef Bilal and his team for their hard work and commitment’ HE .
After the inauguration ceremony HE Al Attiyah, accompanied by HE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr. Khalid Bin Mohamed Al Attiyah, took a tour in the fishery processing plant and had a detailed presentation of each part of the project.
In celebration of 40 years of economic relations, Qatar pledged to donate $100 million, which through the QFF, will support sustainable reconstruction. They will be invested in the fields of education, health care and fisheries in a bid to reflect the partnership of Qatar and Japan.
The State of Qatar also announced today that it has allocated approximately $50 million to a mega project for the rehabilitation of fisheries in the areas affected by the Great East Japan earthquake and massive tsunami through QFF.
The flagship project will support the re-construction of a multifunctional fishery processing complex in Onagawa town, Miyagi prefecture. The Fund has also announced that it is in the process of finalizing funding for an additional facility in the affected areas.
Half of the population of the town was involved in the fishing industry and fishing made up for 90% of the town’s economy. After the disaster, many fish processing facilities were devastated, hampering the recovery of the local economy. The project is expected to employ 7500 fishermen and will have a refrigeration capacity of 12500 tons a year, storage capacity of 36000 tons. The project is also expected to generate a market value and spillover effect of 67.3 billion yen in total.
HE the Ambassador of Qatar to Japan Yousef bin Mohammed Bilal and the delegation accompanying the Chairman of ACTA attended the inauguration ceremony.