JICA's Cooperation in Paraguay is primarily focused in the areas of Assistance of the self-reliance of smal-scalel farmers, Improvement of Public Health, Improvement of water and Sanitation, Improvement of Economic Infrastructure.
We are doing our best efforts to work in these four priority programs to implement coordinated financial cooperation modalities (refundable and nonrefundable) and technical cooperation, including the dispatch of volunteers to achieve effective results and greater impact. Regarding our technical cooperation efforts, we are exchanging views with the Paraguayan government about the current concepts of rurality within Latin America and the Caribbean, which are oriented towards a transition from a sectorial approach to a more territorial approach including the needs of each community. As a result, we are currently implementing projects based on territorial approach.
Departments of Caazapá, Caaguazú, Alto Paraná and Itapúa were selected as main target area for the JICA's projects, based on the poverty rate and needs analyzed on a comprehensive study with more than 60 indicators. However, we are also prepared to assist other departments as well as the capital city, if some other urgent need is found.
On the other hand, we hope that the Nikkei society, which has been contributing to the national development through agriculture would hereinafter, become our cooperation allies. We are confident that the experience that the Japanese immigrants and Nikkei Society have acquired in Paraguay for over 70 years, will be a powerful contribution for the development activities.
We will also work with more emphasis on establishing closer ties with civil society, NGOs, universities, and others.
Makoto Kitanaka, Chief Representative
JICA Paraguay Office