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April 26, 2017

Seminar on 2nd Anniversary of Gorkha Earthquake Re-Emphasized BBB-Based Recovery

On 26 April 2017, supported by JICA Nepal, the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) and the Ministry of Home Affairs (MOHA) jointly organized a seminar to commemorate the 2nd anniversary of Gorkha Earthquake - "From Post-Earthquake Reconstruction to Disaster Risk Reduction: Lessons Learned in Mainstreaming Build Back Better (BBB) in the Recovery and Reconstruction Efforts in Nepal". Over 200 people representing government institutions, donor agencies, civil society, academia and media, participated in the event.

The seminar highlighted progress and achievements in the last two years including JICA's contribution in diverse areas of recovery and reconstruction work based on the principle of BBB. At the same time, it offered an opportunity for acknowledging the challenges and teasing out important lessons learned which would help accelerate the progress in the coming years.

At this 2-year juncture, JICA also expressed its strong commitment to play a leading role in assisting Nepal in the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) area including its ongoing efforts to operationalize the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015-2030) in Nepal. JICA emphasized the unique contributions Japan could make to enhance DRR resilience by taking advantage of its first-hand experiences as an earthquake prone country.

Opening Session

  • A Minute of Silence for the Earthquake Victims
  • Welcome Speech by Dr. Govind Pokharel, Chief Executive Officer, National Reconstruction Authority (NRA)
  • Special Remarks by H.E. Mr. Masashi Ogawa, Ambassador of Japan to Nepal

Session 1: Rebuilding Nepal – Voices of Earthquake Victims
Chair: Dr. Govind Pokharel, Chief Executive Officer, NRA

  • Speech by Mr. Boj Bahadur Karki, a mason trained by JICA and other donors in Irkhu VDC, Sindhupalchowk District
  • Speech by Ms. Rashmaya Ghale, a chairperson of JICA supported women's cooperative in Barpak VDC, Gorkha District

Session 2: Weaving BBB Principle into Reconstruction and Recovery
Chair: Mr. Rudra Singh Tamang, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development (MoFALD)

  • "Progress Updates and Strategy for Nepal's Recovery and Reconstruction" by Mr. Yam Lal Bhoosal, Joint Secretary, NRA
  • "Overview of Japanese Assistance for Reconstruction and Recovery in Nepal" by Mr. Ichiro Kobayashi, Project Leader, JICA RRNE Project

Session 3: From Recovery to DRR Strengthening
Chair: Mr. Khomraj Koirala, Joint Secretary, National Planning Commission

  • "Updates on National DRR Policy and Strategic Action Plan" by Mr.Shankar Hari Acharya,Under Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs (MOHA)
  • "Building DRR Resilience at Central and Local levels: Experiences from Japan and other Asian countries" by Mr. Kimio Takeya, Distinguished Technical Advisor to the President, JICA

Closing Session

  • Concluding Remarks – The Way Forward" by Mr. Krishna Bahadur Raut, Joint Secretary, MOHA
  • Closing Speech by Mr. Jun Sakuma, Chief Representative, JICA Nepal

PhotoFrom left to right:
Mr. Kimio Takeya, Distinguished Technical Advisor to the President, JICA
Dr. Govind Pokharel, Chief Executive Officer, National Reconstruction Authority, Nepal
Mr. Krishna Bahadur Raut, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Nepal
Mr. Jun Sakuma, Chief Representative, JICA Nepal Office
H.E. Mr. Masashi Ogawa, Ambassador of Japan to Nepal


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