May 22, 2016
His Excellency, Mr. Masato Watanabe, Ambassador of Japan to Bangladesh,
Mr. Mohammad Mejbahuddin, Senior Secretary, Economic Relations Division, Ministry of Finance,
Ladies and gentlemen
Assalam alaikum and good afternoon
I am very honored and pleased to have signed the grant agreement on "Japanese Grant Aid for Human Resource Development Scholarship" or JDS.
JDS has continued to provide valuable opportunities to Bangladeshi nationals for academic research at universities in Japan since 2002, later focusing on Bangladesh Civil Service officials and Bangladesh Bank Class-1 officials, who are prospective leaders of the public sector of this country. JDS has sent 268 officials to Japan so far, and 226 of them have been awarded master's degree.
As agreed between our Prime Ministers in their Summit Meeting held in 2014, the number of officials sent each year got increased from fifteen to twenty-five last year and will be expanded to thirty this year. Accordingly, under today's agreement, thirty officials will fly to Japan this August and study for two years at nine prominent universities in Japan. I am happy to announce that two universities will join from this year, namely, Hiroshima University and Yokohama National University.
Ladies and gentlemen,
Good governance needs effective policy, appropriate budget, efficient project management and quality service delivery, all of which depends on the ability of public servants. JDS assists young promising 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 thirty fellows are going to address diverse themes such as Total Quality Management, e-governance, empowerment of women and traffic jam in Dhaka cities.
I am proud to say that the two-hundred-plus alumni of JDS are playing a lively part in socio-economic development of Bangladesh as central government officials, central bankers, judges, professors, Upazilla Nirbahi Officers and so on.
JDS builds an essential human network between the two countries as well. JDS provides its fellows opportunities to establish a profound relationship with Japanese professors, researchers and students. We would also like them to enjoy Japanese culture, traditions, food and nature during their two years' stay. To our delight, the resultant attachment was manifested by a photo contest of Japan which was jointly organized by JDS Alumni Association Bangladesh and Japan International Cooperation Center in Dhaka last March.
I hope JDS will continue to enhance the ever-lasting Japan-Bangladesh friendship even further.
Shobaike Onek Donnobad. Thank you very much.