December 12, 2011
The Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) have today signed a new partnership on international development.
The Memorandum of Understanding was signed in Tokyo by Mr James Batley (AusAID Deputy Director General, Asia Pacific and Program Enabling Group) and Mr Kenzo Oshima (Advisor to the President, JICA).
The MOU commits the two agencies to work more closely together to increase aid effectiveness and help developing countries lift their people out of poverty and share the benefits of economic growth.
"This new partnership is the first of its kind between Australia and Japan and reflects a shared commitment to reducing poverty and promoting development in our region, and beyond," Mr Batley said.
Australia and Japan are already collaborating across a broad range of sectors and countries, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region.
Through the new partnership, the two agencies have agreed to increase the exchange of information between them, and to enhance cooperation in sectors such as education, disaster risk management, transport and infrastructure.
"By working more closely together our aid agencies can extend their global reach and influence, and help developing countries make real progress in meeting the Millennium Development Goals and realizing equitable and inclusive growth," Mr Oshima said.
"Australia and Japan share a strong interest in a stable and prosperous Asia-Pacific," Mr Batley said.
Working together makes the best use of our available resources, extending the impact and increasing the efficiency of our aid efforts to achieve better outcomes for people.