Japan Increases Grant to Pakistan to ¥315 Million

Japan Increases Grant to Pakistan

In a significant development, a signing ceremony was held at the Ministry of Economic Affairs for the Exchange of Notes and Grant Agreement between the Governments of Pakistan and Japan. The ceremony marked the initiation of the Human Resource Development Scholarship Program (JDS) for the year 2023. The Government of Japan, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), has extended grant assistance worth JPY 315 million (approximately US$ 2.4 million) to Pakistan.

Strengthening Bilateral Relations

The signing ceremony was attended by Muhammad Humair Karim, Acting Secretary of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, and Ito Takeshi, Minister/Charge d’Affairs of Japan to Pakistan. The grant agreement was signed by Muhammad Humair Karim, representing Pakistan, symbolizing the continuous support and collaboration between the two nations.

This grant signifies the sixth contribution from Japan for the JDS project in Pakistan. The JDS project aims to empower young officers in the Federal Civil Service and Ex-Cadre positions by offering scholarships for Master’s and Ph.D./Doctorate programs at renowned universities in Japan.

Enhancing Capacity Building

Under this program, seventeen scholarships for Master’s programs and one scholarship for a Ph.D./Doctorate program will be awarded to deserving candidates. Over the years, the JDS project has provided valuable opportunities to Pakistani officers, with five batches comprising approximately 18 participants each benefiting from this initiative since its inception in 2018. The program has significantly contributed to the capacity building and professional development of these young officers, enabling them to play a pivotal role in the socio-economic progress of the country.



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Promoting Bilateral Cooperation

The collaboration between Pakistan and Japan extends beyond the JDS project. Japan frequently invites government officials from Pakistan to participate in various short-term training courses conducted in Japan. These courses enable participants to gain exposure to Japan’s best practices, knowledge, and expertise in diverse fields, further enhancing bilateral cooperation and strengthening the friendly ties between the two nations.

Appreciation and Commitment

During the signing ceremony, Muhammad Humair Karim, Acting Secretary of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, and Saeed Ashraf Siddiqi, Joint Secretary (Japan) at the Economic Affairs Division (EAD), expressed their sincere appreciation to the Government and people of Japan for their valuable support. They also assured their commitment to extending all necessary facilitation for more meaningful cooperation between the two sides.

Ito Takeshi, Minister/Charge d’Affairs of Japan to Pakistan, and the Chief of JICA reiterated their dedication to working closely with the Government of Pakistan to further strengthen the friendly ties and bilateral cooperation.

Conclusion

The signing ceremony for the Exchange of Notes and Grant Agreement between the Governments of Pakistan and Japan marks a significant milestone in the bilateral relations between the two countries. The Human Resource Development Scholarship Program (JDS) has proven to be instrumental in empowering young officers and enhancing their capabilities through scholarships for higher education in Japan. This collaboration not only contributes to the personal and professional growth of these officers but also strengthens the ties between Pakistan and Japan. Both nations are committed to fostering mutual understanding and cooperation for the socio-economic development of their respective countries.