The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is providing almost US$12 million to improve safety and security at Burma’s airports, according to a statement Wednesday.

Burma has a poor aviation safety record, and most of the 69 airports in the country are lacking in modern technology and safety equipment.

The Japanese aid will go toward improving safety and security and modernizing air navigation at six airports in Burma—Rangoon, Mandalay, Nyaung U, Heho, Thandwe and Dawei—the statement from JICA said.

A ceremony was held Tuesday at Rangoon International Airport to mark the installation of an explosive trace detection system, which can identify passengers who may pose a terror threat.

A grant agreement was signed by JICA and the Department of Civil Aviation in March and includes the provision of equipment like X-ray machines, approach lighting systems, automated weather observing systems, fire fighting vehicles, and rapid intervention vehicles.

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