July 18, 2015
Group photo of Japan departing trainees
Islamabad, July 18, 2015: Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) dispatched 09 member group for "Rural Development Course" to Japan. For this 18 days course, a sendoff ceremony was organized today in a local hotel at Islamabad. Mr. Shahid Vakil, Deputy Secretary, Economic Affairs Division (EAD) attended the sendoff ceremony besides Mr. Mitsuyoshi Kawasaki, Chief Representative of JICA.
Mr. Shahid Vakil while speaking to the trainees said "We expect you to learn useful ideas of rural development in Japan. Furthermore, after coming back from Japan, we expect you to share the knowledge gained by you with us".
Mr. Mitsuyoshi Kawasaki, in his speech said to participants "The main aim of this training for expected future leaders is to deepen the knowledge of young population who play a major role in addressing issues on rural development. Through this program, you all are expected to acquire a broad range of knowledge about the activities on rural development in Japan, especially in the case of Tohoku area, which is north of Japan. You will have the opportunities to share the relevant information with Japanese people engaged in rural development and also to understand various efforts and challenges".
While concluding his remarks, Mr. Kawasaki said "I strongly hope you will return to Pakistan with a firm commitment to make a difference in rural development and after this program you may have a better understanding of agriculture and rural development in Japan and hopefully this will help you to broaden your vision for better rural development services in Pakistan".
This Training Programme for Young Leaders of Pakistan is initiated by the Government of Japan under technical cooperation scheme for Pakistan. The course has been designed essentially for young rural development officials of the provincial and federal government in Pakistan. The Training Programme for Young Leaders was started by JICA in 1991 and till date around 550 government officials of various ministries and departments of the Government of Pakistan have been sent to Japan for training in various fields of technical and management positions.