ISLAMABAD (APP): The Government of Japan has agreed to extend a Grant Aid of worth 500 million Japanese Yen, equivalent to around Rs 453 million (US$ 4.43 million) to the government of Pakistan for installing Face Recognition Systems at major international airports of Pakistan for the improvement of security .
According to Japan Embassy, the facility has been extended under its "Economic and Social Development Programme" for which a signing ceremony held here Friday at the Economic Affairs Division.
Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan, Takashi Kurai and Secretary of Economic Affairs Division (EAD), Tariq Mahmood Pasha signed the deed.
This grant aid is designed to support the promotion of the economic and social development in the field of security improvement and counterterrorism by providing advanced Face Recognition Systems to major international airports of Pakistan.
Last year, the government of Japan has provided 200 million Japanese Yen to Pakistan for installing advanced Face Recognition System at Karachi International Airport which is being implemented currently.
The Face Recognition System is a computer application capable of identifying or verifying an individual from a digital image of human face images captured by CCTVs.
Recently it has been used more in security systems due to its capacity of mass identification and non-contact process, unlike fingerprint.
In addition to this project, Japan has been assisting Pakistan through implementation of various projects in the field of security .
X- ray scanning devices has been installed at three international airports (Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad) and the same project to Karachi and Bin Qasim International Ports is now in progress.
In 2015, Japan handed over 123 Japanese Hybrid Vehicles Toyota Prius to the Ministry of Interior and National Highway Police for patrolling.
Moreover, in collaboration with UNODC Pakistan, a 4-year project on strengthening border management and illegal drug control is ongoing since last May.
At the signing ceremony, Takashi Kurai expressed his deepest condolence to the victims of the terror attacks in Lahore on Feb.13 as well as in Peshawar and other places on February 15, by stating "Terror attack cannot be justified for any reasons."
Ambassador Kurai said "This grant aid reflects our strong commitment to support the effort of Pakistan against terrorism ."
He also emphasized the importance of further improvement of security situation for successful socio-economic development in Pakistan and renewed his commitment to continue to support and cooperate with Pakistan.