Dear Reader, Assalam u Alaikum,
The Official Development Assistance (ODA) towards Pakistan started in1954. Since then, for more than 60 years, JICA has cooperated for economic and social development of Pakistan in various sectors; such as power, industry & investment, transport, agriculture & irrigation, education, health, water & sanitation, environment, disaster management and stabilization of Pakistan-Afghanistan Border Areas.
In response to the development needs in Pakistan, in 2016, JICA has initiated new technical cooperation projects such as "THE PROJECT FOR SKILLS DEVELOPMENT AND MARKET DIVERSIFICATION OF GARMENT INDUSTRY", "THE PROJECT FOR TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE ON IMPLEMENTATION OF BRIDGE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM IN NHA" and "THE PROJECT FOR CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT OF DISASTER MANAGEMENT", and also has been promoting anti-polio campaign by the Government of Pakistan through grant aid and ODA loan scheme.
Pakistan, which belongs to the South Asian region and shares borders with India, China, Afghanistan and Iran, is located in the geopolitically important area. The population of the country is about 190 million which is the 6th largest in the world, and the youth population under 25 is about 60% of the country. Considering this potential of Pakistan including its significance in promoting regional stability among neighboring countries, we believe that role of Japan will be significantly important.
Although the security situation in Pakistan was deteriorated in recent past, the number of terrorist attacks in the whole country has been steadily decreased since the current PML-N government, which was established in 2013, expressed their strong will to fight against extremists. We believe that it is imperative to ensure further stability in domestic situation, to realize economic growth, and establish a stable and sustainable society.
While keeping a close eye on the situations of Pakistan, JICA, as the implementing agency of ODA under the Government of Japan, will cooperate with the activities of the Government of Pakistan for sustainable development, through improvement of economic and social base by carrying out well-balanced effective activities in the country.
To this end, we would like to proceed with appropriate actions while receiving advices and opinions not only from government officials in Pakistan but also from people who have relationship with Pakistan in various fields as well as have interested.
Chief Representative, JICA Pakistan