Cuba will receive today a donation of 84 buses from the Government of Japan, as part of the Non-Refundable Financial Assistance, through the Procurement Agency Japan International Cooperation System (JICS).
The equipment left on January 9 from Colombia, where it was assembled, and should arrive this Thursday on the island, thanks to the efficient management of the companies Itochu Corporation, Isuzu Motors and Busscar of the South American country.

These buses will be destined to the strengthening of transportation in this capital and are part of a development project for the city and the improvement of the movement of passengers.

To this end, the buses will enter service once the technical and quality reviews have been carried out by the Cuban side and once they have been commissioned by the donor.

Japan’s Large Scale Non-Refundable Financial Assistance began in Cuba in 2015 and is materialised in the form of donations for large-scale projects aimed at the social and productive development of the country.

According to the website of the Japanese embassy on the island, the government of that Asian nation has so far signed seven programmes with the Cuban authorities.

These will contribute to the implementation of important projects for economic and social development in areas such as health, agriculture, waste management, energy and transport.

As part of this cooperation, in September 2020, the island received a donation of medical care equipment to strengthen the health system and infectious disease control measures in Cuba, which are essential to protect the lives of its people in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.

In June of the same year, agricultural equipment arrived in the country with the aim of increasing rice seed production and stabilising its supply through the introduction of Japanese-made equipment such as tractors, transplanters, harvesters and seed drills.