May 31, 2015
Mr. Mohammad Mejbahuddin, Senior Secretary, Economic Relations Division, Ministry of Finance,
Mr. Takeshi Matsunaga, Charges d'affaires ad interim, the Embassy of Japan,
Ladies and gentlemen.
Assalam alaikum and good afternoon.
I would like to give my heartiest congratulations upon the agreement on "Japanese Grant Aid for Human Resource Development Scholarship" or JDS.
JDS has provided opportunities for academic research at universities in Japan to Bangladeshi nationals since 2002, later focusing on Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) Cadre officials and Bangladesh Bank Class-1 officials, who are prospective leaders of the public sector of this country. 243 officials have been sent to Japan so far, and 211 of them have been awarded master's degree.
I am happy to announce that the number of officials accepted each year has got increased from fifteen to twenty-five this year as a result of the Summit Meeting between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Prime Minister Sheik Hasina last year. Under today's agreement, twenty-five officials will fly to Japan this August and study for two years at seven prominent universities in Japan.
JDS pursues two goals. First, better governance. Better governance consists of good policy, appropriate budget, successful project management and quality service delivery, all of which depends upon the ability of public servants. JDS supports young Bangladeshi officials to acquire those skills and knowledge necessary to better serve the public through rigorous research in the relevant master's courses in Japan. The new twenty-five fellows will study Public Administration, Economic Planning, Urban and Rural Development, Public Finance and Legal Policy.
Another goal of JDS is building an essential human network between the two countries. JDS provides its fellows plenty of opportunities to establish a long rewarding relationship with Japanese professors, researchers and students. We would also like them to enjoy Japanese cultures, traditions, food and nature during the two years' stay in Japan.
To make the most of JDS, the Government of Bangladesh is expected to assign returned JDS fellows to those posts where they can apply what they have studied in Japan.
We are proud to say that the two-hundred-plus alumni of JDS are playing a lively part in the socio-economic development of Bangladesh as central government officials, central bankers, judges, professors, Upazilla Nirbahi Officers and so on. It is also reassuring for Japan that the JDS alumni who are actively involved in the front lines of nation building across the country are all our "Tomodachi" or "Bon dho tho."
Finally, I hope JDS will continue to enhance the ever-lasting Japan-Bangladesh friendship even further.
Shobaike Onek Donnobad. Thank you very much.