Japan pledges to mobilise $1 bln to help nations around Ukraine accept refugees

Reuters · 05/11/2023 09:20
Japan pledges to mobilise $1 bln to help around Ukraine accept refugees

- Japan will unveil a plan on Thursday to mobilise $1 billion to help countries surrounding Ukraine accept refugees from the war-torn country, Finance Minister Shunichi Suzuki said on Thursday.

The funding would be provided via the state-owned Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), which typically offers assistance in the form of lending, guarantees and equity investment.

The fund also will be used to facilitate investment by Japanese firms in those countries, Suzuki told reporters as he arrived Niigata, of Tokyo, to chair a three-day meeting of financial leaders from the Group of Seven (G7) advanced .

On Ukraine, the G7 will confirm financial support pledged so far and the results of IMF support programmes, while boosting coordination among developing financial institutions and backing surrounding countries, Suzuki said.

The G7 will also debate how to prevent Russia from circumventing sanctions imposed after its invasion of Ukraine.

Suzuki made mention of additional sanction versus Russia or further G7 financial support for Ukraine for the time being, signalling the group may take a wait-to-see stance to gauge the effects of earlier measures.

The G7 is comprised of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Italy and the United States.

"We want to accelerate international cooperation to overcome difficult a crisis global economy faces," Suzuki said.