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Press Release

July 7, 2017

Grant Agreement for Human Resource Development Scholarship: JDS

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) shall extend grant assistance up to 282 million JPY (approx. NPR 257 million) under the Grant Aid scheme of "the Project for Human Resource Development Scholarship: JDS" for FY 2017/18. Exchange of Notes (E/N) for the project was signed between His Excellency Mr. Masashi Ogawa, Ambassador of Japan to Nepal, and Dr. Shanta Raj Subedi, Secretary, Ministry of Finance, on behalf of their respective Governments at the Ministry of Finance in Signhadurbar, Kathmandu. On the same occasion, the Grant Agreement (GA) for the project was signed and exchanged between Mr. Baikuntha Aryal, Joint Secretary-Ministry of Finance, on behalf of the Government of Nepal and Mr. Jun Sakuma, Chief Representative of JICA Nepal, on behalf of Japan International Cooperation Agency.

JDS offers 2-year scholarship to 20 government officials of Nepal who are engaged in formulating and implementing socio-economic development planning and to study at a graduate school in Japan for Master's Degree, with an objective to resolve development challenges in Nepal. JDS is implemented in 13 countries since 1999 for supporting the human resource development of the countries targeting highly capable, young government officials and others who are potential future leaders of the partner countries. More than 3,700 officials have studied in Japan under this scholarship.

During the occasion Mr. Jun Sakuma further expressed that, "We are hopeful all the scholars will contribute to the development process of Nepal once they come back after completing their education in Japan." This agreement expects to expand and enhance the foundation for bilateral relations between Japan and Nepal by means of accepting them in Japanese Universities as overseas students.

For more detail please Contact:

Ms. Brinda Singh
Public Relations Officer
E-mail:SinghBrinda.NP@jica.go.jp

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