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JICA's Efforts to Boost Rice Production in Africa

[ 2009-10-05 ]

Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV) of JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) donated medicine, food for the flood affected people of Sylhet and Kishoregonj districts.

Ms. Kumiko Abe and Ms. Michiru Suda have been working on polio control at the Civil Surgeon Office of Sylhet and Kishoregonj respectively for more than two years. Their activities are to motivate village doctors, primary school teachers, field worker (NGO), Imam and others at grass-root level by giving lectures on polio disease to them. Through their activities, they have developed a good relationship among them.

Having seen the distress condition caused by the flood, JOCVs came forward to assist the affected people in the area. As assistance to them, they handed over 1,05,200 packets of ORSaline, 20,000 pieces of water purifying tablets, 348 dozens of candles, 8,000 boxes of Matches, 348 cartoons of Biscuits to Deputy Commissioner and Civil Surgeon Office of Sylhet and Kishoregonj districts on July 30, 2004 to distribute the same among the flood affected poor people.
They also donated cash Tk. 60,000 for the purpose of transportation of delivery of relief goods to outlaying the areas.

Mr. Abdul Khatib, Deputy Director and Mr. Abul Mamun, Assistant Director of JICA Bangladesh Office were present on the handover occasion.


Press Release: New Seven Japanese Volunteers will work for Bangladesh

[ 2007-04-09 ]

7-members of Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCVs) have arrived Dhaka on January 12, 2007. These JOCVs are dispatched to Bangladesh for a period of two years assignment to help the people of Bangladesh in socio-economic as well as in human resource development activities in different fields. Recently they met with Mr. Akio Arai, JICA Resident Representative and described their target activities.

Among seven Ms. Ai Inoue, Ms. Miyuki Saito and Ms. Midori Morioka will work on Infectious disease control at civil surgeon office of Lalmonirhat, Panchagar and Nilphamari. Ms. Eiko Sanada will work on rural community development at Bangladesh Rural Development Board (BRDB), Kalihati, Tangail. Mr. Kazuki Nakayama will be appointed as a Japanese language teacher at Institute of Modern Language Dhaka University, Dhaka. Mr. Shimpei Yanagi will teach handball at Metropolitan Sports Association, Chittagong. Mr. Takayuki Fujii will be assigned as a Science and Mathematic teacher at Primary Training Institute (PTI), Chittagong.

Since 1973, total number of 894 JOCV/SV volunteers have been dispatched in various fields like health, education, agriculture, engineering, sports, and rural development for socio-economic development of Bangladesh. At present, 44 volunteers and 5 senior volunteer are working in different organizations throughout Bangladesh.


New Meteorological Radar System in Moulvibazar for Minimizing Natural Disasters

[ 2006-12-13 ]

As a part of its continuing support for the improvement of maternal and child health situation of Bangladesh, JICA started a four year technical cooperation project titled Safe Motherhood Promotion Project in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of Government of Bangladesh. At the initial phase, the project will work in six upazillas of Narshingdi district with the aim of developing the capacity of health service providers of that area. This will include services such as emergency obstetric care facilities, referral system, and supportive supervision by government health and family planning workers among others. As community awareness and mobilization is necessary for demanding quality health services from community, JICA signed a contract with CARE Bangladesh for increasing utilization of quality health services by community people. For the first year, CARE Bangladesh will work in two sub-districts of Narshingdi. Major activities of CARE Bangladesh will encompass promotion of birth preparedness among women, their husbands and in-laws and establishing community support systems for providing timely and life saving maternal and newborn health services.

The contract was signed between Mr. Akio Arai, Resident Representative, JICA and Mr. Steve Wallace, Country Director of CARE Bangladesh at a simple ceremony held at the JICA office on December 12, 2006. At the signing ceremony, Mr. Arai expressed his hope that this partnership with CARE Bangladesh will open up new avenues for strengthening assistance mechanism for JICA as JICA will be benefited through the strong outreach capacity of CARE Bangladesh. In reply, Mr. Wallace expressed his expectation that through this partnership a sustainable and consistent system of access to health services will be initiated which will act as a model for others as well. Officials of JICA and Care Bangladesh were present at the signing ceremony.

JICA financed Safe Motherhood Promotion Project is estimated to cost around 25 crore BDT with substantial contribution from Government of Bangladesh. The project is expected to cover around 22 lakh beneficiaries of Narshingdi district.


JICA's cooperation in improving Maternal and Child Health (MCH) services in Narshingd

[ 2006-12-04 ]

As an initiation of its 4 year technical assistance project for improving health status of women and neonates titled "Safe Motherhood Promotion Project"('Shustho Matritto' Project), JICA in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare organized a planning workshop at the Conference Room of District Commissioner's Office of Narshingdi on December 2, 2006. Mr. Kamal Uddin, Deputy Commissioner of Narshingdi and convener of District Project Implementation Committee (DPIC), Dr. Jafar Ahmad Hakim, Director of Maternal and Child Health, Directorate of Family Planning and Mr. Eiichiro Cho, Additional Resident Representative of JICA participated in the workshop along with Dr. Md. Monsur Ali, Civil Surgeon of Narshingdi district and Ms. Afroza Begum, Deputy Director, Family Planning. Additional district commissioner and Upazila Nirbahi Officers of 6 upazillas of Narshingdi and officials from district Health and Family Planning, youth development, women affairs and local government departments and NGO representatives were also present at the Workshop. Other participants of the workshop included among others Chief Advisor for this project Ms. Yukie Yoshimura, OBS/Gynae and Paediatrics consultants and senior Health Education Officer of Narshingdi district.

In his inaugural speech, Mr. Cho, expressed his optimism that the all encompassing strategies of this project including public-private partnership, capacity development of key government institutions, community empowerment and the continuous process of policy level changes will be able to create substantial impacts on the overall health situation of Narshingdi district which will eventually act as a model for other districts of the country. Reiterating the same opinion, Mr. Kamal Uddin sought support from all quarters for successful implementation of the project.

The planning workshop contained group discussion session on improvement of management for the Health and Family Planning offices and on strengthening safe delivery service system at the district and upazilla levels involving all the stakeholders of this project. Output of this discussion session will be incorporated in finalization of the key components and strategies for this project.

It is to be mentioned here that the "Safe Motherhood Promotion Project" started its activities in July 2006 covering approximately 22,00000 people of Narsingdi. The total contribution of JICA for this project is estimated to be 25 crore BDT during four years of implementation.


New Meteorological Radar System in Moulvibazar for Minimizing Natural Disasters

[ 2006-11-29 ]

For implementing the Government of Japan assisted project titled "Establishment of Meteorological Radar System at Moulvibazar in the People's Republic of Bangladesh", a minutes of meeting was signed on Nov 28, 2006 between Mr. M. Emdadul Haque, Deputy Secretary, Economic Relations Division (ERD)-Japan Branch and Mr. Eiichiro Cho, Team Leader, JICA. Team members of the Basic design explanation mission and JICA officials were also present at the occasion. Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) will be the implementing agency for this project.

Based on the comprehensive discussion with the Government of Bangladesh in June-July, 2006, JICA prepared a report on the basic design study for the above mentioned project. A four-member mission was dispatched to Bangladesh to explain the contents of the report to the concerned authorities of Government of Bangladesh and sign the minutes of meeting for expediting the project implementation, under which the construction is expected to commence from the last quarter of 2007. Government of Japan has approved about 7 million US dollar for this purpose.

It is to be mentioned here that the main objectives of this project are to establish the weather observation radar system in Moulvibazar and improve the precision of flood forecasting in the Meghna basin in the northeast area of Bangladesh. It is expected that the construction of radar station in this area will reduce the vulnerability of the local people to flashflood through installing early warning system. It will facilitate issuing accurate data for forecasting and warning which will provide local people enough time to prepare for floods and thus reduce the magnitude of damage of crops and livestock due to the natural disasters.

BMD currently operates and maintains two radar observation facilities at Dhaka and Rangpur. Dilapidated radar stations in Cox's Bazar and Khepupara are under rebuilding and upgrade with the grant aid assistance of Government of Japan for reducing damage from cyclones.


For an Environment Friendly Society - JICA Alumni's Tree Plantation Program

[ 2006-8-10 ]

A tree plantation event was organized by JICA Alumni Association at the campus of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University (BSMRAU) Campus at Gazipur on 10 August. Vice Chancellor of the University Professor Md. Lutfor Rahman Khan was the chief guest of the event. Mr. Akio Arai, Resident Representative of JICA was the special guest. Mr. Azmal Chowdhury, President and Mr. Ezharuddin, General Secretary of JICA alumni association along with a large number Alumni members participated at the event.

Every year JICA alumni association, a social organization consisting of the GOB officials who participated in different training courses organized by JICA, organizes Tree Plantation event at different important location of Dhaka City and other nearby districts.

Resident Representative of JICA, Mr. Akio Arai, in his inaugural speech emphasised on the destructive effects of unregulated tree felling on the environment and on people's livelihoods and asked for immediate effective steps for improvement of the situation. Mentioning GOB's initiatives like social forestation in coastal and embankment areas, vice chancellor Prof. Lutfor Rahman Khan emphasized on people's participation in maintaining and expanding these valuable resources.

JICA Alumni Association expects to continue organizing such events in the future.


JICA project on the Improvement of Storm Water Drainage System in Dhaka City,Phase II

[ 2006-7-13 ]

A Minutes of Discussion was signed on July 13, 2006 on Explanation of Basic Design Study on Government of Japan's grant aid project titled "Improvement of Strom Water Drainage System in Dhaka City (Phase II) between Mr. M. Emdadul Haque, Deputy Secretary, ERD-Japan Branch and Mr. Eiichiro Cho, Team Leader and Additional Resident Representative of JICA Bangladesh office and co-signed by Mr. Abdul Jalil, Deputy Chief, Planning, DWASA, Mr. Faraiji, Senior Assistant Secretary, Local Government Division, Ministry of LGRD & C.

In February, 2006, the Basic Design Study Team for the above mentioned project was dispatched to Bangladesh. After intensive field survey and discussion with concerned authorities, the team completed the Basic Design Study draft final report. In order to explain the contents of this draft report of the study, a four-member team arrived in Bangladesh on 8th July. All the sides agreed on the components of the project and on responsibilities of both GoB and Government of Japan for implementing this project. Based on this agreement, ERD, JICA, M/OLGRD&C and DWASA signed the Minutes of Discussion for the Basic Design Study.

It is to be mentioned here that the main objective of this project is to mitigate the inundation and improve environmental and sanitation conditions of Mirpur and Kallyanpur areas of Dhaka city. The main components of the project, requested by Government of Bangladesh, include: construction of the New Kallyanpur Pumping Station and procurement of sludge removal equipment. It is expected that the project, if implemented, will immensely improve the drainage system of Dhaka city through redressing the problem of water logging especially during the rainy season. From 1991 to 1993, Government of Japan assisted the government in the implementation of the Phase I of this project which consisted of the construction of the Kallyanpur Pumping Station.


Japan South West Asia Youth Friendship Programme-2006

[ 2006-7-10 ]

A 29 member youth team comprising of Government officials from Local Administration field will depart for Japan tomorrow, on a 3 week long training program. The program titled "Japan South West Asia Youth Friendship Program 2006" is organized by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in collaboration with related organizations as part of JICA's technical cooperation towards developing countries.

The program was introduced in Bangladesh from the year 1991. From then, every year a total of 20 to 30 participants from different fields of expertise had visited Japan under this program.

Addressing the pre-departure ceremony held in the city today, JICA Resident Representative Mr. Akio ARAI said that the main objective of the program is to expand the relation between people from different countries and help participants enrich their knowledge and ideas to excel in their respective fields.

For around 3 weeks each year, young people from many countries visit Japan. During their stay these youths experience home-stays with Japanese families, attend seminars, trips and visit to sites of Japanese cultural heritage, he added.

Mr. Md. Abdus Sabur, Additional Secretary, M/O Establishment attended the program as the Chief Guest. In his speech he stressed that the youth have a lot to contribute for the development of Bangladesh. The Chief Guest requested participants to grow understanding on the history of Japan and discover the spirit behind the prosperity of the country and apply the results of their learning for the progress of their country.

Among others, Mr. M. Emdadul Haque, Deputy Secretary (Japan Branch), Economic Relations Division, Mr. Koji Nitta, First Secretary, Embassy of Japan in Bangladesh, Mr. Md. Azmal Chowdhury, President, JICA Alumni Association of Bangladesh spoke on the occasion.


Inauguration of DPHE Central Laboratory for Water Quality Examination established

[ 2006-4-18 ]


The Department of Public Health and Engineering (DPHE) Central Laboratory, which aims at strengthening water quality examination system in Bangladesh, is inaugurated on Tuesday 18 April 2006 at the DPHE Central Laboratory premises, Mohakhali, Dhaka, by Mr. Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan, Honorable Minister, Ministry of LGRD & Cooperatives as a chief guest and Mr. Matsushiro Horiguchi, His Excellency the Ambassador of Japan as a special guest.

The Central laboratory is established under the Japan's Grant Assistance project for ''Strengthening Water Quality Examination System of Bangladesh''. The project also includes upgrading facilities of two laboratories in Jhenaida and Naoakhali and procurement of modern equipments for those laboratories.

The main objective of the project is to strengthen the overall water quality examination system of the country with special emphasis on arsenic analysis and promote arsenic mitigation activities in Bangladesh. The central laboratory will not only act as reference laboratory, it will also coordinate and manage zonal laboratories and organize a national water quality monitoring and surveillance system to achieve the goal of securing and supplying safe water in a stable and efficient manner.


New JICA Project on Safe Motherhood Promotion

[ 2006-4-2 ]

The Record of Discussion (R/D) was signed between Government of Bangladesh (GoB) and Government of Japan (GoJ) for ''Safe Motherhood Promotion Project'' on 2 April, 2006. The signature was done between the Mr. Akio Arai, Resident Representative of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Mr. M. Emdadul Haque, Deputy Secretary of Economic Relations Division (ERD).

The objective of the project is to improve the health status of women of reproductive age and the neonates. The project is designed to improve the availability and utilization of quality services in Narsingdi district for women during their pregnancy and delivery. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare will bear the overall responsibility of the project. Considering the health and poverty indicators, Narsingdi district has been selected as a 'target area' of the project. The total cost of the project will be Tk.30 crore. The number of Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCVs) will be increased in Narsingdi district after the project will start. This project will start in July this year and end in June, 2010. JICA has a plan to disseminate the project's experience and lesson learnt to other districts in the future.


JICA-Net Seminar on ''Critical Skills and Knowledge for Women Entrepreneurs''

[ 2006-03-30 ]


The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) organized a distance learning seminar titled ''Critical Skills and Knowledge for Women Entrepreneurs'' broadcasted from Japan on March 30, 2006 Thursday at its office in Gulshan 1.

The seminar provided opportunity to learn the skills and knowledge necessary for women entrepreneurs to be successful in business in Japan. It included live presentation on the theme and having a women entrepreneur tell her success story.

Participants of the seminar were representatives from NGOs, Women Entrepreneurs Association and public sector. Invited organizations were Women Entrepreneurs Association of Bangladesh, GHASFUL, Nari Maitree, PKSF, ADRA Bangladesh, Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BWCCI), Padakhep Manabik Unnayan Kendra, Shakti Foundation, Save the Planet and Disability and Sangjog. Representative from NGO Affairs Bureau who is also an ex-participant of JICA Training participated as the facilitator for the seminar.

The seminar incorporated lectures and discussion on method of planning for new business that included marketing, money plan, fund raising, recruiting and human resource and others.

Ms. Miyako Nishimura, Director in charge of International Affairs of Women's World Banking Japan was the resource person of the seminar. President of Flower Farm AWANO, Japan Ms. Fumiko Wakabayashi was invited as the Guest Speaker.


Entrepreneurship Development Training for Rural Women

[ 2006-03-20 ]

Under the Follow-up scheme for Training Participants, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) supported ex-participant from the Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) to conduct a training program titled ''Seminar to spread knowledge and idea on Women Entrepreneurs including General Business Orientation'' from February 01 to March 16, 2006.

The program targeted rural women from the Sreepur Upazila of Gazipur District. A total of 150 women had the opportunity to participate in the training and obtained knowledge on women entrepreneurship development.

In order to enable ex-participants to fully utilize the technical expertise gained through training in Japan, JICA provides financial support to ex-participants to conduct seminars, workshops, research and study or publish educational materials and manuals.

In Fiscal Year 2004, JICA invited one official from the PKSF to participate in a Group Training Program titled eSeminar on Women's Entrepreneurship Development ? Training for Leaders'. The Seminar organized by JICA is a trend setting program started in 2000 as the first cooperation program between Yokohama Women's Association for Communication and Networking (YWACN) and JICA. JICA invited representatives both from governmental organizations and Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) of developing countries aiming to enhance each country's activities for women's entrepreneurship development through supporting the establishment of networks among various interest groups of both governmental organizations and NGOs.

JICA has explored ways and measures to develop and strengthen self-sustaining system as well as the skills that enable the promotion of women's entrepreneurship. The seminar has also provided several discussion sessions where participants could exchange their views on issues related to women's entrepreneurship development.

The follow up action after post training modalities was to submit a project proposal to JICA by ex-participant for enhancing Bangladesh's women's entrepreneurship development. In this connection, JICA accepted the proposal submitted by PKSF.

Sreepur Upazila of Gazipur district was taken as target area for the program as the area is considered the most successful area for women's micro enterprise activities. The Partner Organization of PKSF, the 'Padakhep Manobik Unnayan Kendra' assisted in conducting the training.


DCC Announces Future Plans for Clean Dhaka

[ 2006-03-13 ]


In a workshop arranged by DCC and attended by Ward Commissioners, DCC officials and representatives of development partner agencies, DCC announced its next 15 months activities for implementing the Clean Dhaka Master Plan conducted under the technical cooperation programme of JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency). The Workshop on ''Explanation of Clean Dhaka Action Plan ''- Action for the future: Clean Dhaka Master Plan'' was held on March 09 at a city hotel.

The Japanese Development Study titled ''The Study on Solid Waste Management in Dhaka City'' was conducted by the study team of JICA in collaboration with Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) during 2003 to 2006. Following the Master Plan, DCC launched four priority programmes which included expansion of ward solid waste management system in different communities, improvement of final waste disposal site (land fill site) at Matuail, capacity development of transportation system of waste and institutional reforms for DCC.

Commenting on the progress so far on these priority programmes, Dr. Mitsuo Yoshida, Advisor of JICA study team appreciated DCC's effort and strong commitment towards building a participatory solid waste management system involving NGOs, CBOs and community people. He contributed DCC's success to self motivation, strong community ownership and strategic approach which helped DCC handle solid waste management problems in an integrated and holistic manner.

In the workshop the concrete action plans which describes DCC's future activities were presented by the component leaders of the four priority programmes. These future plans were formulated through intensive consultations with the community people, local CBO's and DCC officials. Superintendent engineer from the newly established Waste Management Division (WMD) of DCC presented the overall plan of the division. The participatory nature of the consultation process raised the hope of all concerned about DCC's effort in implementing the future actions. In the workshop a promotional video on solid waste management system of Dhaka city was handed over to the Mayor of DCC by JICA representative. It is expected that this JICA net video will create awareness among people for building ownership in solid waste management activities in their own localities.


Villagers of Bachamara union receive relief assistance from JICA Alumni

[ 2004-8-8 ]

JICA Alumni Association of Bangladesh organized a relief operation for the flood affected residents of the Bachamara Union of Manikganj District.

item includes rice, pulse, potato, onion, candles, matches, chira, molasses, biscuits, Or-saline and medicines. A medical doctor also accompanied the team and provided health services to the distressed.

The two villages were badly affected by the flood this year. Due to remote location of the villages, the villagers were deprived from relief assistance. JICA Alumni took a praiseworthy initiative to ease the sufferings of the people.

Mr. Taro NAOTSUKA, Deputy Resident Representative and Ms. Fiona Mirza, Assistant Director of JICA Bangladesh Office accompanied the team.

Previously, the Alumni handed over two boats to the residents of Bashabo area for their easy movement, as the flood water had blocked the roads in that area.


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