February 10, 2012
(Exchange of MOU. From the right, Dr. Serdar Cam, President of TIKA, H.E. Mr. Kiyoshi Araki, Ambassador of Japan, Mr. Akio Saito, Chief Representative of JICA)
On February 8, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Turkish International Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), the implementing agency of the Turkish government's development assistance for developing countries. The MOU, signed between Ms. Sadako Ogata, President of JICA, and Dr. Serdar Cam, President of TIKA, will strengthen cooperation between both organizations in social and economic development assistance for the Middle East, Central Asia, Caucasus, Balkans and Africa regions, with a high emphasis placed on Afghanistan.
The MOU will further strengthen the partnership between the two organizations in the design and implementation of technical cooperation by the means of exchanging information and experiences, mutual collaboration in capacity development, and exploring opportunities for joint development cooperation.
In recent years, Turkey's unprecedented economic growth has developed its political position as a regional hub for diplomatic coordination within the international community. Its economic development is built on a burgeoning private sector that seeks bold business opportunities in many areas including in such countries as Afghanistan and Iraq, where security risks are holding back other countries' private sector investments. As an emerging donor country, Turkey is among the largest bilateral donor in the region, expanding its cooperation contributions nine times within the last 10 years.
JICA recognizes Turkey as a partner country for extending support toward developing countries. JICA is committed to collaborating with TIKA to promote development and stabilization of the region by maximizing the impact of its assistance. This collaboration is expected to result in more effective and innovative assistance, taking advantage of Turkey's active and strong private investment backgrounds in countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq.