A contract-signing ceremony for twelve projects for the basic needs of the population was organised at the premises of the Japanese Embassy. The Government of Japan will provide €880,045 for twelve local organisations in the Republic of Serbia, as noted by Ambassador of Japan H.E. Junichi Maruyama. Including these grants, the total amount of Japanese assistance through projects for the basic needs of the population (POPOS) in Serbia since 1999 has exceeded €13.2 million. The total amount of Japanese aid to Serbia during the same period is over €507 million.
POPOS donations aim to support social development through projects for the basic needs of the population. The Government of Japan provides financial assistance to implement projects that will contribute to the economic and social development of the country. Environment, health care, education and social welfare are the main areas of concern for the Government of Japan. Since 1999, 207 POPOS projects have been implemented in Serbia.