JAXA President Naoki Okumura (Left) and JICA President Akihiko Tanaka (Right) shake hands after signing the partnership agreement.
(photograph courtesy of the JAXA)
Today, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a partnership agreement with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The objective of the agreement is to promote collaboration between two institutions to contribute to solving various development challenges that developing countries are facing. The two institutions will also work on global issues using aerospace technology by further strengthening ties and exhibiting combined abilities to utilizing respective unique features and human resources.
JICA and JAXA have been establishing a cooperative relationship through the utilization of satellite data for protecting forests and preventing illegal deforestation in the Amazon, as well as topographic mapping with satellite data in South East Asia and Africa, and collaboration with the Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers.
Based on the agreement signed today, JICA and JAXA will be able not only to apply JAXA’s aerospace technology and research results to socioeconomic developments in developing countries, but also to expand the collaborative areas further to activities of Japan Disaster Relief team and to the agricultural sector.
JAXA will also be able to utilize experience with JICA for new space technology development. Thus, JICA and JAXA will further contribute to tackling global challenges with each institution’s expertise.
The following are the major contents of the agreement.
1. Application of JAXA’s aerospace technology and related equipment to JICA’s activities for solving development challenges in developing countries and global issues.
2. Cooperation in developing countries for holding seminars, symposiums or other relevant events aimed at promoting aerospace technology, for developing human resources, and for organizing lectures at international conferences.
3. Cooperation in facilitating wide use of space-related systems such as ground network systems in developing countries.
4. Exchanges of information and views for identifying possible collaboration.
JICA President Akihiko Tanaka and JAXA President Naoki Okumura signed the agreement at the signing ceremony held in JAXA Tokyo Office. At the signing ceremony, referring to the plan that Advanced Land Observing Satellite-2 "DAICHI-2" (ALOS-2) will be launched on May 24th, 2014, Okumura said “JAXA will be able to provide more accurate topography data, which can be utilized in various sectors such as flood disaster prevention.” Tanaka showed his expectation by adding “Utilization of satellite information for ASEAN disaster management and protection of forests and preventing illegal deforestation at Amazon are the best examples that aerospace technology provides effective solutions to development challenges. JAXA’s cutting edge technology becomes comparative advantage of Japanese cooperation, enabling JICA’s work more effective.”
With this partnership agreement in place, collaboration between JICA and JAXA is expected to strengthen, and higher quality cooperation will be implemented in developing countries through utilizing aerospace technologies.