Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) signed memorandum of understanding with the Italian government to donate €5.6 million ($6.58 million) to rebuild areas destroyed by last year’s earthquake.
Director General of the QFFD Khalifa bin Jassim Al-Kuwari and the Government’s Special Commissioner for Reconstruction Vasco Errani signed the memorandum in the Green Room in Palazzo Chigi (the headquarters of ministerial council in Rome), in the presence of Abdulaziz bin Ahmed Al Malki, Qatar’s Ambassador in Italy, and Simone Petroni, councilor to the Italian Foreign Ministry.
Al-Kuwari said this support was ordered by the Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad, noting that Doha was among the first countries to provide support for the Italian Government post-2016 earthquake. QFFD’s fund will focus on the education sector and the building of schools, according to Al-Kuwari, noting that this goes in line with Qatar’s priority in providing foreign aid.
From his part, Mr. Abdulaziz bin Ahmed Al Malki pointed out to the excellent ties with Italy, assuring the continuity of the three agreements that were signed in the political, economic and military areas during Italy’s Foreign Minister H.E. Mr. Angelino Alfano’s visit to Doha.
It is worth mentioning that the Qatar Fund For Development will contribute to the establishment of a school complex in the municipality of Macerata, through the Government’s Special Commissioner for Reconstruction. The project will be built on an area of 24 thousand square meters, where 4,000 square meters are allocated for the construction of schools and the other area is allocated for the construction of kindergarten, primary school, a first-level high school and a 330-square-meter gymnasium.