April 19, 2018
Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay of Bhutan, right, and JICA President Shinichi Kitaoka
JICA President Shinichi Kitaoka held talks with Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay of Bhutan on April 13 in Tokyo.
Mr. Kitaoka and Mr. Tobgay began by affirming the long friendship between Japan and Bhutan. Mr. Tobgay expressed gratitude that, in part because of Japan's continuous assistance, Bhutan is projected to graduate from the category of least developed country. He said he would like to continue deepening the partnership between the two countries. Mr. Kitaoka responded by saying JICA will continue its cooperation with Bhutan in accordance with the agency's new vision of "leading the world with trust."
In addition, the two men discussed the importance of training young workers, and Mr. Tobgay mentioned his hope that the people of Bhutan will acquire expertise from Japan through JICA’s scholarship programs.
JICA will continue its cooperation with Bhutan in diverse areas including human resource training, infrastructure and agriculture.