Japan has been supporting furniture producers and providing vocational training in carpentry sectors for Lebanese and Syrians in the North of Lebanon since 2016, through a project with UNIDO, to create more economic opportunities and jobs for the northern communities, with a total amount of USD 2 million.
On July 11 2018, H.E. Mr. Matahiro Yamaguchi, Ambassador of Japan to Lebanon visited Tripoli, and toured three small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) supported by UNIDO's project. The Ambassador also toured Al Mina Corniche along with Mina's Mayor Mr. Abdel Qader Alameddine, where urban design projects for the city are displayed. The designs were produced at the Vocational Training Center for Carpentry in Zgharta that was equipped through a Japanese grant. Overall, the project enhanced the skills of around 50 furniture producers, and helped train over 100 individual in carpentry.
During his visit, H.E. Ambassador Yamaguchi praised UNIDO and the Ministry of Industry for their efforts in implementing the project, and reiterated Japan's continuous support for the Lebanese economic sector and the local communities. Meanwhile, UNIDO's Representative Mr. Cristiano Pasini, and Mina's Mayor expressed their sincere gratitude for the Japanese support.
Source: National News Agency