May 23, 2015
His Excellency, Mr. Hasanul Haq Inu, MP, Honorable Minister, Ministry of Information,
Dr. Md. Mozammal Haque Khan, President, JICA Alumni Association of Bangladesh, JAAB and Senior Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs,
Respected Members of JAAB,
Ladies and Gentlemen.
Assalamualikum and good evening.
I am pleased to attend the occasion of celebrating Bengali New Year 1422 organized by JAAB.
JAAB has been contributing to the quality of life of its members and promotion of the ever-lasting friendship between Japan and Bangladesh by hosting, among others, seminars on the country's development issues, awareness raising programs related to natural environment, and classes of Japanese language and Ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arrangement.
I am especially grateful to JAAB for offering Japanese classes to the fellows of Japan Human Resource Development Scholarship or JDS. Thanks to the cooperation, JDS fellows can get well prepared for two years' master's study in Japan.
In 2014, two hundred forty Bangladeshi trainees participated in JICA's training courses in Japan, and the total number of trainees to Japan added up to 4,861 as of today. Bangladesh is among the top ten partner countries which sent trainees to Japan.
Now around 1,850 ex-trainees are members of JAAB. I appreciate its continuous support in connecting the members together and providing precious opportunities for them to enjoy, learn and cooperate.
Ladies and gentlemen,
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Prime Minister Sheik Hasina have met three times since May 2014. The two Prime Ministers agreed to establish "Japan-Bangladesh Comprehensive Partnership" and strengthen their development cooperation through the initiative of the Bay of Bengal Industrial Growth Belt, or BIG-B, which aims to accelerate industrial agglomeration along the Dhaka-Chittagong-Cox's Bazar belt and beyond by developing infrastructure, investment environment and regional connectivity.
Competent human resource is the key to materialize the BIG-B initiative; therefore, JICA wishes to continue sending brilliant Bangladeshi trainees to Japan. As a result, the number of JAAB members will definitely keep growing and so will the role and responsibility of JAAB.
I hope the newly elected Executive Committee will succeed in guiding JAAB thereby contributing to further evolution of Japan-Bangladesh long-standing relationship.
Shobaike Onek Donnobad. Thank you very much.