News Center -TDO- A delegation of Japanese Ambassador to Turkey Akio Miyajima, embassy diplomats, officials of the Japan International Cooperation Agency Turkey Office (JICA) and local and foreign journalists made a trip to Gaziantep on 12 - 13 March 2020 to see and examine on-site grants and credited projects given by the government of Japan and JICA for local governments

As part of the delegation's first visit, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and humanitarian aid in the city of Gaziantep organized with the Association of associations operating in the field of Kudra, Syrian and Turkish youth “for entrepreneurship and innovation Education” (entrepreneurship program start5) under successful 4 projects, pilot projects innovation for entrepreneurship support were given within the scope of the grant.

Turkey's Ambassador to Japan and IOM mission chief gave their awards to the entrepreneurs.

The second stop of the delegation was the Sada Centre for women's development and solidarity. Ambassador Miyajima exchanged views with Sada officials and toured the Sada Center. Here he was given a painting made by refugee children.

The SADA women's development and Solidarity Centre is supported by the UN Gender Equality and women's Empowerment unit (UN Women) and funded by the European Union and the Government of Japan under the "Syrian women, girls and the resilience of the host community" project. Under the leadership of the UN Women's unit, the project implemented in partnership with Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Association for solidarity with asylum seekers and migrants (SGDD - ASAM) has a budget of 5.8 million dollars. The Sada Center in Gaziantep contributes to the empowerment of Syrian and Turkish women by providing gender-sensitive services.

The center brings together Turkish and Syrian women in joint workshops, educational and social events. Through this, SADA aims to promote social harmony between the host community and the Syrian community.

Sada Women's Cooperative

The SADA women's cooperative, founded by Turkish, Syrian and Afghan women, which continues its Sada Center, is actively producing in the counter, home textile and food sectors. Founded in March 2019, the co-operative is run by a Democratic business model while engaging in activities that promote social cohesion between the host and refugee community. The co-operative provides a common working environment, creating an institutional and legal mechanism for the making, marketing and sale of goods produced by women. Selected as one of the top 10 projects open for development at the Paris Peace Forum in France in November 2019, the cooperative delivers its products to different locations in Gaziantep and Turkey. The co-operative's next goal is to open up to the international market.

As the third visit of the delegation, a visit to the turkey Office of the government of Japan and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) (local government Infrastructure development project Yen Loan) under the agreement with the Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality of Gaziantep on May 15, 2015 project implemented was to examine the Waste Water Treatment Plant.

The aim of the project is to improve the functions of common infrastructure services for municipalities facing a sudden population increase due to Syrian refugee migration to the region and to improve the living standards of local people and Syrian refugees living in Gaziantep.

The next visit was to the Ensar Community Center, which serves Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality.

The centre provides free counseling services to asylum seekers who have fled their countries due to the Civil War and come to Gaziantep in almost all areas, from education to health, from legal information to marriage. Courses and conferences are held at the centre, where Turks and Syrians are mingled.

The center began to support the IOM, with the support of the Government of Japan, by renovating and rehabilitating the Ansar Community Center in 2017, and by performing social inclusion activities, extra-curricular activities (language, sports, arts courses).

According to Akio Miyajima, Japan's Ambassador to Turkey, "the Ensar Community Center is one of Japan's most successful projects aimed at promoting social harmony between Syrians and the host community. Part of this center became Ansar members and supported other beneficiaries. Japan supports such good cycles and continues our cooperation with IOM and all partners. "

The government of Japan will continue to fund the operations and operations of Ensar Central for another year until the end of March 2021.

As part of the trip, Ambassador Miyajima visited Gaziantep Governor Davut Gul, Gaziantep Metropolitan Mayor Fatma Sahin and Gaziantep Chamber of Commerce President Mehmet Tuncay Yıldırım at their offices and held bilateral talks.

The next visit was to Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality. The opening ceremony of the “oral and dental health diagnosis and treatment tool”, which is the first in Turkey under the protocol signed between Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality and the Embassy of Japan and which was established with the support of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Grant, took place.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Mayor Fatma Sahin explained: “JICA supported Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality at the most difficult time. Indeed, we have seen how two states can be one heart. Human health is very important. We want a healthy and peaceful society.”

 Ambassador Miyajima: "We Are Two States In One Heart”

 Japan's Ambassador to Turkey Akio Miyajima expressed his pleasure to be here for the opening ceremony of the oral and dental health vehicle and said, “how happy we can contribute to the health and happiness of everyone. This tool is an example of cooperation between Japan and Turkey. We are two states in one heart.”

 Following the opening ceremony, President Fatma Şahin toured the protocol oral and Dental Health Diagnostic and treatment vehicle with Japan Ambassador to Turkey Akio Miyajima.

The last stop of the delegation was the Gaziantep Zeugma Mosaic Museum.

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