October 31, 2013
A view of signing ceremony in progress
Islamabad, October 31, 2013: The Government of Japan and the Government of Pakistan has agreed to implement "The Project for Improvement of Airport Security" for which the Exchange of Notes were signed and exchanged between H.E Hiroshi Inomata, Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan and Ms. Nargis Sethi, Secretary of Economic Affairs Division (EAD). While the Grant Agreement for execution of the Project were signed and exchanged between Mr. Mitsuyoshi Kawasaki, Chief Representative of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Mr. Qumar Sarwar Abbasi, Joint Secretary of EAD today in Islamabad.
This grant worth 1.946 billion Yen from Japan to Pakistan is first of its kind under Japan's grant aid for enhancing security measures in Pakistan.
To satisfy the international security standards, the project intends to procure and install the security equipment at three major airports of the country in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad. Besides this, the operators of the equipment will also be given training on the usage of the equipment which will further ensure quality security services.
The equipment which the Project intends to procure embraces latest technology and includes Explosive Detection System (EDS), Vehicle Scanners and Cargo Vehicle Scanners which will enable the above quoted airports meet the United States (US) and European Union (EU) standards of airport security. The EU has made it mandatory that all the airports in EU should have latest EDS's by 2020 and the Project will help enable the stated airports meet such standards well before the deadline.
After implementation of the project, it is expected that risk of security related incidents at the three airports will be reduced and international benchmark of airport security would be met.