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Qatar Charity, Religious Affairs Ministry renew cooperation worth US$30 million

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, July 1, 2020   /   10:04 am
Qatar Charity, Religious Affairs Ministry renew cooperation worth US$30 million Banda Aceh Mayor (left) Aminullah Usman and Qatar Charity coordinator for Aceh Muhammad Idharsyah (right) hand over a bag of supplies to a city resident on May 14. The NGO has provided around 64 tons of staple food to more than 3,200 families in Banda Aceh. (Tribunnews/-)

Qatar Charity Indonesia – a humanitarian and development NGO founded in 1992 in Qatar – has renewed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for its cooperation with the Indonesian Religious Affairs Ministry.

The MoU encompasses various strategic sectors of development with a value of US$30 million for a period of three years.

According to a statement from the Qatari Embassy in Jakarta on Monday, the signing of the MoU is a continuation of a cooperation scheme that has been in place since 2006, covering various issues including education, socio-cultural issues and other annual programs.

Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi said the cooperation was a manifestation of Qatar’s global concern for human capital development to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

He added that the cooperation was in line with the spirit of development that the Indonesian government must have in building human capital and providing infrastructure for the people.

“It is important, especially when the world, particularly Indonesia, is now facing a real threat to humanity, which is COVID-19. Therefore, support and cooperation are needed from many parties,”

Qatar Charity Indonesia director Karam Zeinhom explained that the scope of the MoU comprised five vital areas of human development in Indonesia.

“This cooperation includes five areas of human development, such as education and culture, infrastructure development for education, health, social and religious affairs, clean water and sanitation procurement, increasing the productivity of underprivileged people and economic assistance for the victims of disasters.”

The two counterparts have agreed that the cooperation will cover about 27 regencies and cities across Indonesia.

This year’s cooperation is the fourth scheme offered by Qatar Charity. Since 2006, the NGO has been providing assistance to the government of Indonesia through various outlets, including the recovery from the 2004 Aceh tsunami and building around 10,000 infrastructure facilities for clean water, mosques, schools and houses. (asp)