July 24, 2018
On July 10 and 11, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) hosted the second session of the International Advisory Board at JICA headquarters in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo.
The International Advisory Board was established in March 2017 with the objective of strategically improving JICA’s activities and initiatives through advice obtained from domestic and foreign board members who are influential in the international community.
Of the continuing board members, six attended the second meeting: Jean-Marie Guéhenno, senior advisor of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue; Shigeo Katsu, president of Nazarbayev University; Lan Xue, professor and dean at the School of Public Policy and Management of Tsinghua University; Masato Ninomiya, professor at the University of São Paolo; Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, board chair of GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance; and Takashi Shiraishi, chancellor of the Prefectural University of Kumamoto. In addition, two new members joined the board: T. K. A. Nair, managing trustee of Citizens India Foundation; and Ginandjar Kartasasmita, acting chairman of the Indonesian Red Cross Society and professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies.
The themes of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Innovation, Learning and Knowledge/Experience Sharing, and Free and Open Indo-Pacific were raised as three areas of current JICA focus, about which the board members provided expert opinions and suggestions. Sessions organized by region also included lively exchanges of opinion.
JICA will utilize the valuable advice and suggestions gathered from the meeting to review its accumulated expertise and experiences toward achieving “quality growth” and “human security.” JICA will also use this guidance to build development cooperation with highly innovative approaches to meet the needs of the new era.