The signing ceremony of the Exchange of Notes for the project entitled “Enhancing the Healthcare System through the Provision of Medical Equipment in Turkmenistan” took place at the UN House in Ashgabat on Friday.
Christine Weigand, UN Resident Coordinator a.i, acting on behalf of UNOPS, and Yamamoto Hiroyuki, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Turkmenistan signed the Notes in the presence of Nurmuhammet Amannepesov, Minister of Healthcare and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan, Freya von Groote, Director of the UNOPS Multi-Country Office covering Turkmenistan, and media representatives.
The Grant Aid Project, with a total amount of nearly $3 million, marks the first engagement for UNOPS in Turkmenistan.
The project will focus on the procurement and provision of medical equipment and supplies to selected hospitals, as well as the provision of the appropriate capacity development, logistics and management support.
“After the completion of the medical equipment supply to Turkmenistan under this project, I’m planning to visit local hospitals to meet with medical workers to discuss possibilities of further cooperation in the medical and healthcare field,” Ambassador Yamamoto Hiroyuki said in his speech.
The project will be delivered as part of the implementation of the UN-Turkmenistan Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework 2021-2025, national Country Preparedness and Response Plan, and Immediate Socio-Economic Response Plan to Acute Infectious Disease Pandemic, endorsed at the highest level in 2020.