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New Perspectives of Armenian-Japanese Cooperation in ES Sphere

25.11.2015

On November 25, the RA MTAES RS Director, r/s Lieutenant-General Sergey Azaryan received the representative of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Office in Uzbekistan Murai Hiromitsu. The purpose of the visit was to discuss the results and perspectives of active cooperation established between Armenia and Japan in the sphere of ES.

Welcoming the guest and expressing gratitude for the visit S. Azaryan noted, that the Armenian side has many years of experience of effective cooperation with Japan, particularly with JICA:

-Since February 2014, TAES Ministry jointly with the Japanese Agency has been performing a three-year program on “Landslide Disaster Management in the RA”, in the frames of which it is envisaged to carry out monitoring, survey and mapping of the most dangerous landslide sites. In this respect, an interdepartmental group, comprising experts from different stakeholders was created. In the first phase of the program, 2 hazardous landslide sites -Getahovit and Arapi were chosen of 11 the most dangerous ones, where pilot projects were being implemented.

According to RS Director, such program can also be implemented in the community Voghjaberd in the future. S. Azaryan also presented the guest other areas of collaboration with JICA, which were related to seismic risk management programs and technical assistance provided by Japan. In particular, the Japanese government is currently discussing on provision of 39 units of fire-rescue vehicles to Armenia.

-The program of transferring 28 new fire-rescue vehicles to Armenia in 2010 was really very effective. Our organization has presented a certificate, on its behalf, to the Government of Japan, assuring, that the RA TAES Ministry has greatly improved the capacity of the sector due to the exploitation of those vehicles,- stressed M. Hiromitsu.

The meeting also discussed the territorial distribution, machine maintenance, operation and staff training related issues, in the case of provision of fire rescue vehicles to rescue service.

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