Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) started a long, rewarding relationship with the People's Republic of Bangladesh by sending first three Japanese volunteers in 1973 which was just two years after the independence of the country. Since then, it has been cooperating with the people and the government of Bangladesh in almost all sectors all over the country through technical cooperation, Official Development Assistance loan, grant aid and volunteers.
We owe the everlasting friendship between Bangladesh and Japan which was demonstrated by warm messages and assistance provided by the people of Bangladesh after the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011 to all the people of the two countries' who earnestly engaged with development cooperation during the last forty years.
Bangladesh has been grappling with grinding poverty, frequent natural calamity and huge demand for social and economic infrastructure. Now it is definitely and forcefully ascending the trajectory of development. It has made great strides in, inter alia, growing economy, alleviating poverty, promoting educational gender equality and reducing child mortality. Its economy is also growing steadily.
I am pleased to show you this website which provides a bird's eye view of how JICA is collaborating with people of Bangladesh. As a reliable bridge between Bangladesh and Japan, JICA Bangladesh Office keeps striving to assist the people of Bangladesh in exploring their enormous untapped potential, thereby further strengthening ties of the two countries which jointly aspire to peace and prosperity.