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November 23, 2016

JICA Participates in International Conference on Asia-Pacific Policy Dialogue on Water, Energy and Food Security for Poverty Alleviation in Dryland Regions

PhotoMr. Yasuhiro Tojo, Chief Representative of JICA while speaking at the event

Islamabad; November 23, 2016: UNESCO & Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi, Pakistan conducted an International Conference on Asia-Pacific Policy Dialogue on Water, Energy and Food Security for Poverty Alleviation in Dryland Regions.

The inaugural ceremony of International Conference was held in Islamabad on Nov.23, 2016. Mr. Yasuhiro Tojo, Chief Representative of JICA Pakistan office and Mr. Hiromu INOUE, Representative, JICA Pakistan office along with others participated at in the Conference. The main theme of the Conference was to highilight the upcoming issues on scarcity of water, energy and food in the region.

Mr. Yasuhiro Tojo in his statement at the inaugural ceremony of the Conference said that It gives me an enormous pleasure to be here today for Asia Pacific Policy Dialogue on Water, Energy and Food Security for Poverty Alleviation in Dry Land Regions. With increasing population in Pakistan, food security has been a major concern and issues of demand and supply have to be addressed on priority, he added.

Mr. Tojo while commenting on the portfolio of JICA in Pakistan said that Economic Cooperation between Japan and Pakistan is extended to multiple sectors including Health, Education, Energy, Water Supply, Transport and Disaster Risk Reduction. In agriculture sector, in particular, this mutual cooperation is stretched over six (6) decades; starting from Kennedy Round-2 program in 70s and 80s, when JICA provided 1580 earth moving machinery (Bulldozers) and deep well rigs; which brought thousands of acres of barren land under cultivation.

While concluding his remarks, Mr. Tojo commented that, on research and development side, in addition to a series of Technical Cooperation and Grand Aid projects aimed at Enhancement of Food Production, Agriculture Research Station at Nasirabad (Balochistan) and Plant Genetic Resources Institute (PGRI) at National Agriculture Research Center (NARC) are symbols of our cooperation for ensuring food security and sustainable agriculture development in Pakistan. So far 22 Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and 56 Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) and master level researchers from Pakistan and 20 scientists from Afghanistan have completed their research and training at PGRI.

Mr. Hiromu INOUE, Representative, JICA Pakistan Office, while speaking on Disaster Management in Japan & JICA's contribution to Disaster Management Sector in Pakistan, explained the history of Disaster Management in Japan. Mr. Inoue said that the Government of Japan established "the Disaster Countermeasures Basic Act" in 1961, based on the lessons learned from big tragedy of Ise-wan Typhoon (in 1959, more than 5,000 deaths). Since then, Disaster Risk Reduction in Japan was steadily promoted, based on these measures and although numerous typhoon hit Japan, but the number of casualty was dramatically reduced.

He also highlighted the JICA's contribution in Disaster Management Sector in Pakistan. JICA has been carrying out several Projects in Pakistan in line with the National Disaster Management Plan of Pakistan. In addition, Government of Japan and JICA carried out Humanitarian Support to Pakistan both after 2005 earthquake and 2010 flood. JICA will keep on supporting Pakistan in Disaster Management Sector in order to contribute to the development of Pakistan through mainstreaming of Disaster Management.

Mr. Tojo appreciated the efforts of the UNESCO Pakistan Office and PMAS Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi, Pakistan for inauguration of International Conference on Asia-Pacific Policy Dialogue on Water, Energy and Food Security for Poverty Alleviation in Dryland Regions and sincerely wished to all a great success in holding the said Conference and hoped it will guide all of attendants to new fields of opportunities and development.

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