January 14, 2017
Departing trainees with Mr. Yasuhiro Tojo
Islamabad, January 14, 2017: Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) dispatched 08 members group for "Disaster Management Course" to Japan under the "Training Programme for Young Leaders". For this 18 days course, a sendoff ceremony was organized today in a local hotel in Islamabad.
Mr. Yasuhiro Tojo, Chief Representative of JICA Pakistan Office, in his speech said to the participants that "Japan has also long experience in international cooperation for disaster prevention and management in overseas countries. In Pakistan, Government of Japan/JICA have implemented various projects in this field through technical cooperation and grant aid scheme. For example, in 2016, JICA has started one technical cooperation project, titled "Project for Capacity Development of Disaster Management" with National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA). This project focuses on capacity development of human resources engaging the disaster risk management from the federal government to provincial government levels. We are expecting that this Project will start full-scale activities in this year and contribute to human resource development of disaster management in this country."
While concluding his remarks, Mr. Tojo said "Keeping this in mind, your main aim as expected future leaders should be to deepen the knowledge of young population who play a major role in addressing issues on disaster management. Through this program, you all are expected to acquire a broad range of knowledge about the activities on disaster management development in Japan, especially in the case of Tohoku area, the northeastern part of Japan. You will have the opportunities to share the relevant information with Japanese people engaged in disaster management and also to understand various efforts and challenges. Through this training, you are expected to learn Japanese experience and the factors of disaster management progress and development in Japan, in order to reflect disaster management into development policy and activities in Pakistan".
This "Training Programme for Young Leaders of Pakistan" is initiated by the Government of Japan under technical cooperation scheme for Pakistan. The forthcoming course has been designed essentially for young leading officials from provincial and federal government in Pakistan for basic education. The "Training Programme for Young Leaders" was started by JICA in 1991 and till date around 570 government officials of various ministries and departments of the Government of Pakistan have been sent to Japan.