Japan to extend $0.6 million to Lok Virsa
ISLAMABAD: The Japanese government on Monday decided to extend cultural grant assistance of $0.6 million to Pakistan to improve audiovisual equipment of the National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage (NIFTH), Lok Virsa.
The official notes for the grant were signed and exchanged between Japanese envoy Hiroshi Oe and Economic Affairs and Statistics Ministry Secretary Dr Waqar Masood Khan at the ministry. In 1993, Japan extended 41 million yen cultural aid to the Lok Virsa to set up audiovisual equipment. The current aid will be utilised for the improvement of this audiovisual equipment at NIFTH. The new equipment is the latest digital technology of high definition, which will be useful for the preservation of folk and traditional heritage of Pakistan.
The Japanese Cultural Grant Assistance is a part of the Official Development Assistance (ODA), provided for the promotion of cultural and higher educational activities and preservation of cultural heritage in developing countries.
At the signing ceremony, the Japanese ambassador said that the grant would surely be helpful towards the preservation of the folk and cultural heritage of Pakistan. He hoped that this project would further strengthen the existing friendly relations between the people of Japan and Pakistan.