February 3, 2021
On 3rd February, 2021, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a Record of Discussions with the Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh (GoB) in Dhaka on "The Project for Strengthening the Inspection, Regulatory and Coordinating Function of the Bangladesh Food Safety Authority (BFSA)" as a technical cooperation project.
Mr. Yuho Hayakawa, Chief Representative of JICA Bangladesh Office, Dr. Sahida Akter, Additional Secretary of Economic Relations Division and Mr. Md. Abdul Kayowm, Chairman of Bangladesh Food Safety Authority (BFSA) signed the Record of Discussions to implement the project for 5 years.
GoB has committed to ensure increasing food production and food and nutrition safety for all as food safety is one of the main challenges for further qualitative growth of the country by both safeguarding the public health and accelerating economic development. Though GoB has initiated to enact Food Safety Act 2013 and BFSA was established, well-established food safety control system is still missing in the country.
The project aims at enhancing food safety control system based on Food Safety Act 2013 of Bangladesh through strengthening the inspection, regulatory and coordinating function of BFSA. To achieve the objective, the project will undertake the activities to strengthen food safety administration, food safety monitoring and supervisory system for Food Business Operator (FBOs), Food testing and laboratory collaboration system and Food safety awareness for consumers and FBOs.
The project will contribute to the achievement of SDGs Goal 2 (Zero Hunger) and Goal 3 (Good health and well-being).