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Before FY2014

March 31, 2015 JICA to establish Water and Sanitation Agency for Punjab
March 31, 2015 JICA to enhance the capacities of disaster management bodies of Pakistan
March 13, 2015 JICA to enhance traffic management capacity of the Punjab
March 10, 2015 Japan funds UNESCO for strengthening flood warning system in Pakistan
January 31, 2015 JICA sends disabilities course trainees for training in Japan
January 29, 2015 Pakistan to get Japanese technology of auto parts manufacturing
January 28, 2015 Japan to strengthen port security in Karachi and energy saving in water supply in Lahore
January 7, 2015 JICA sends community-based health team for training in Japan
December 5, 2014 Japan revives Radio Pakistan with latest equipment
November 25, 2014 JICA and TSG successfully complete the Project for Improvement of Training Capacity on Grid System Operation and Maintenance
November 17, 2014 JAPAN’s Grant Reinforces Children’s Health in Pakistan USD 5.4 Million ccontribution to bolster Polio eradication through 2015
November 13, 2014 Japan provides ¥3.6 billion(Rs.3.2 billion) to strengthen weather forecasting and mitigate urban floods in Pakistan
October 17, 2014 Japan gifts WASA Faisalabad with Equipment to improve Sewerage and Drainage system
June 4, 2014 Signing of Japanese ODA Loan Agreement with the Islamic Republic of Pakistan
April 21, 2014 NTDC and JICA Held a Workshop for Capacity Building on Grid System Operation and Maintenance
April 14, 2014 Government of Pakistan does not need to pay back loan of 4.9 billion Japanese Yen for Polio Eradication efforts
March 20, 2014 CTTI - JICA Memorial Academics and Sports Week Held
March 18, 2014 Japan Kicks off Construction for Karachi Child Health Institute
March 7, 2014 Japan Bolsters Polio Eradication in Pakistan
February 11, 2014 Japan to Expand Girls’ Education Opportunities in Southern Rural Sindh
February 3, 2014 JICA upgrades National Institute of Folk & Traditional Heritage at Lok Virsa
December 2, 2013 JICA sends vocational educators for training in Japan
November 18, 2013 JICA sends health officials for training in Japan
October 31, 2013 Japan-Pakistan Inks Agreement for Improvement of Airport Security
October 30, 2013 JICA to revive technical and vocational centers of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
September 25, 2013 JICA agrees to revive Livestock of Sindh
July 4, 2013 TSG Gets Equipment from JICA
July 4, 2013 Historic Batch of Female Architect Assistants Ready to Pass Out
April 23, 2013 GCT gets new building from JICA
March 11, 2013 JICA agrees to fund UNICEF for procurement of polio vaccines
February 27, 2013 JICA's Assistance in Highway Research and Training Center Concludes
February 22, 2013 Countering Disasters!
December 21, 2012 JICA agrees to invest in health and communications
December 14, 2012 JICA hands over emergency supplies for floods in Baluchistan
November 4, 2012 JICA sends 9 Young Maternal and Child Health Professionals for Training in Japan
May 29, 2012 Pakistan gets first on-grid solar power station
May 14, 2012 JICA to replenish broadcast equipment at Lok Virsa
April 12, 2012 Clarification for an article on JICA's Student Centered and Inquiry Based Science Education (SCIB) project published in media
April 4, 2012 Closing seminar on Student Centered and Inquiry Based Education held
March 28, 2012 Seminars on "Literate and Prosperous Punjab through Quality Non Formal Education"
January 16, 2012 JICA sends vocational educators for training in Japan
December 24, 2011 Course on EONC concludes
November 3, 2011 JICA agrees to fund UNICEF for procurement of polio vaccines (Commitment for Polio eradication continues!)
October 31, 2011 JICA sends 12 young school teachers for training in Japan
October 14, 2011 Scope of Work signed for strengthening investment climate in Pakistan
September 21, 2011 JICA hands-over goods worth 35 million Japanese Yen for flood affected people in Pakistan
August 15, 2011 Japan nods 65 m USD (approx.) for polio eradication in Pakistan
July 12, 2011 Japan funds UNESCO for strengthening flood warning system in Pakistan
July 6, 2011 Japan-Pakistan inks agreement for strengthening technical education
June 30, 2011 Consultative workshop on National Disaster Management Plan concludes
June 8, 2011 JICA reinforces its willingness for the welfare of disabled
June 7, 2011 JICA to upgrade the broadcast system at Alama Iqbal Open University
June 4, 2011 Message from Mr. Takatoshi Nishikata, Chief Representative of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Pakistan On World Environment Day-2011
February 22, 2011 JICA lends another soft loan for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
January 21, 2011 Signing of the Japanese ODA Loan Agreement with the Islamic Republic of Pakistan
January 17, 2011 JICA sends 26 vocational education and health professionals for training in Japan
December 14, 2010 Japan to provide US$ 4.68 million to UNICEF for eradication of polio in Pakistan
September 27, 2010 JICA signs agreements to improve drinking water supply system in Faisalabad and sewerage and drainage system in Lahore
September 24, 2010 Japanese medical team finished its assignment in Sanawan, Muzafargarh
August 18, 2010 JICA hands-over goods worth 20million Japanese Yen for flood affected people in Pakistan
March 31, 2010 Signing of the Japanese ODA Loan Agreement with the Islamic Republic of Pakistan
The First Japanese ODA loan Project based on the Pakistan Donors Conference

Seminar on Future Traffic Demand Forecast for Karachi city

[ 2008-7-18 ]

JICA in collaboration with City District Government, Karachi (CDGK) will hold a seminar on Future Traffic Demand Forecast for Karachi city on Tuesday July 22, 2008 at Khursheed Mahal, Avari Towers Hotel, Karachi.

JICA dispatched a study team on Future Traffic Demand Forecast for Karachi City. This study, includes the review of person trip data, assignment of exiting traffic on Karachi road network and its verification through person trip data. It also focuses on actual traffic count on selected locations and assignment of future traffic on the road network for the target year 2020. The study will provide useful knowledge and information for transport planning like Karachi Circular Railway (KCR), mass transit system and Flyovers etc. The purpose of the study is to build models for the future transport demand on the master plan of Karachi city; To give suggestions on the future transport situation in terms of the demand for the year 2020; and to develop the capacity of the related organization on future traffic demand forecast methodology by using System for Traffic Demand Analysis (STRADA). STRADA is a system developed by JICA for traffic demand analysis.

In line with the determination to assist Pakistan in development projects to vitalize Karachi city, government of Japan in collaboration with the Pakistani counterpart is trying to solve major issues facing Karachi like water supply and sewerage system; solid waste management and mass transit system. JICA is the official Agency of the government of Japan and undertakes the transfer of Japanese knowledge and experience from the people of Japan to the people of Pakistan. JICA Pakistan office is actively cooperating with the government of Pakistan since 1983 in Health, Education, Sanitation, Agriculture, Irrigation, Environment, and Governance.

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Handing over ceremony of the equipment for flood forecasting and warning system for Lai Nullah

[ 2008-7-3 ]

Islamabad, July 3: A handing over ceremony of the equipment for flood forecasting and warning system under "Lai Nullah Flood Forecasting and Warning System Project" will be held on July 7, 2008 at Pakistan Meteorological Department, H-8/2, Islamabad.

The Lai Nullah receives a heavy rainfall averaging 500mm in the monsoon season every year. On July 23, 2001, an unprecedented rainfall occurred over Islamabad and Rawalpindi resulting in death of 74 people and partial or complete damage to about 3000 houses. To improve this situation, JICA on the request of the government of Pakistan, carried out a Master Plan Study in 2001-2003 and Lai Nullah Flood Forecasting and Warning System was installed with the Grant Aid project from government of Japan in 2006-2007.

Under the Grant Aid, the equipment and facilities were provided to Federal Flood Commission (FFC), Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), Tehsil Municipal Administration (TMA) and Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA). Some of the equipments and facilities provided by the project are master control station, rainfall and water level gauge with automatic recorder, 10 warning posts and data monitoring system. These equipments and facilities will ensure the accuracy of flood forecasting and expand the transmission network of flood warning during floods. This will mitigate the damage caused by floods to the people residing on both sides of Leh and the national exchequer. The project covers around 7.5 square kilometers of the flood prone area and population of 150,000 will be benefited by it.

"The Project for Strengthening of Flood Risk Management in Lai Nullah" a technical cooperation project from Dec, 2007 to Nov, 2008, is the continuation of the stated projects and aims at establishing a system and structure which enables mass evacuation in the event of floods in the target area. It also focuses on capacity development of the PMD, City District Goverment Rawalpindi(CDGR), and FFC for effective utilization of flood warning system and awareness & preparedness for floods.

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is an implementing agency for the technical assistance from the government of Japan to the government of Pakistan. JICA Pakistan Office is actively implementing programs and projects which cover various sectors such as Health, Sanitation, Education, Irrigation, Agriculture, Governance, Industrial Development and Environment.

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"Community-based Flood awareness Program and Evacuation Drill " for Lai Nullah

[ 2008-6-20 ]

Islamabad, June 20: Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in collaboration with the City District Government Rawalpindi (CDGR) will hold a seminar on "Community-based Flood awareness program and Evacuation Drill" for Lai Nullah in Tehsil Municipal Administration (TMA) Jinnah Hall, Liaquat Road, Rawalpindi on June 20, 2008.

The Lai Nullah receives a heavy rainfall averaging 500mm in the monsoon season every year. On July 23, 2001, an unprecedented rainfall occurred over Islamabad and Rawalpindi resulting in death of 74 people and partial or complete damage to about 3000 houses. To improve this situation, JICA at the request of the government of Pakistan, carried out a Master Plan Study in 2001-2003 and Flood Warning and Forecasting System for Lai Nullah Basin were installed by the Grant Aid Project from government of Japan in 2006-2007. The Project for Strengthening of Flood Risk Management in Lai Nullah is the continuation of the stated projects and aims at establishing a system and structure which enables mass evacuation in the event of floods in the target area. The Project is a Technical Cooperation Project of two years (Dec, 2007 to November, 2009). In this regard, the project is focusing on capacity development of the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), CDGR and Federal Flood Commission (FFC) for effective utilization of flood warning system and awareness & preparedness for floods.

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is an implementing agency for the technical assistance from the government of Japan to the government of Pakistan. JICA Pakistan Office is actively implementing programs and projects which cover various sectors such as Health, Sanitation, Education, Irrigation, Agriculture, Governance, Industrial Development and Environment.

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Workshop on Monitoring, Prediction and Mitigation of Landslide Hazards

[ 2008-1-25 ]

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in collaboration with National Highway Authority (NHA) and Geological Survey of Pakistan (GSP) will hold a two day workshop on Monitoring, Prediction and Mitigation of Landslide Hazards at Auditorium of NHA, Islamabad, from 28 to 29 Jan, 2008.

Numerous landslides, which mostly became active after the earthquake of October 2005, have posed considerable hazards to the people, their mobility and property. Risk reduction of landslides is an urgent need for the reconstruction of the severely damaged area. In Pakistan, road maintenance works to safeguard against landslides have been carried out on a routine or a periodic basis and the knowledge of slope protection techniques has been accumulated accordingly. However, there was no manual or standards for slope inspections. Insufficient measure against a landslide due to the lack of necessary field data causes frequent landslides, which consequently impose financial strain on road maintenance. For risk reduction of landslides, it is therefore essential to develop slope inspection works based on geotechnical knowledge.

Based on the perspective, the workshop titled "Monitoring, Prediction and Mitigation of Landslide Hazards" will be held to provide an assistance of capacity building of slope inspection for the staff in charge of road maintenance works in NHA.

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Country Training Program on Safe Motherhood

[ 2008-1-25 ]

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) have successfully held a two weeks course on Safe Motherhood from January 14 to 26, 2008 at the Mother and Child Health Center (MCHC) in PIMS, Islamabad. The Training course aimed to impart knowledge and skills to 5 teams of health personnel selected from districts of three provinces, and federal capital of Pakistan including two participants from FATA also in order to create "Safe Motherhood Districts" in each province and capital territory.

Every one minute a woman dies due to obstetric complications worldwide. Over 600,000 die in one year. 99% of these are in the developing countries. From "The state of The World's Children 2007" by UNICEF, the lifetime risk of maternal death in Pakistan is 1 in 31.

The MCH Centre was constructed under the Grant Aid Scheme of Government of Japan. JICA implemented Technical Cooperation from 1996 to 2001 and initiated the In-country Training Program in 2004. A unique concept of developing "Safe Motherhood Districts" has evolved and it is hoped that the provinces would be able to replicate the lessons learnt by the JICA/MCH Project and use the experience in implementing the same in their respective districts as well. Starting from 2004 to 2007, approximately100 participants from the four provinces, FATA and Federal Capital have attended the two weeks course in four years including this year.

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JICA's workshop on Operation and Maintenance (O&M) manual for Solid Waste Equipment and Vehicles

[ 2008-1-23 ]

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) under its project for "Capacity Building of Solid Waste Management (CBSWM)" will hold a practical workshop on the Operation and Maintenance (O&M) manual of Solid Waste (SW) machines on 25th and 26th Jan, 2008 at City District Government (CDG) Rawalpindi.

A Japanese Expert Mr. Motomu Inoue, who has prepared the O&M manual of SW machines, will conduct two day's practical session in the workshop of CDG Rawalpindi, which is also a key project partner. On the basis of the result of this session, which will provide a testing opportunity for the applicability of the manual contents, the manual will be revised & finalized before officially handing it over to the project partners for their future use.

JICA in collaboration with Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency (Pak EPA) is implementing the CBSWM Project in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Faislabad, Multan, Karachi, Sukkur, Quetta and Peshawar. The Project aims at strengthening the capacities of Local Governments in formulation of community based SWM action plans, their implementation & evaluation according to Pak EPA Guidelines.

JICA volunteers to hold Science Open Lessons

[ 2008-1-23 ]

Senior Volunteers (SV) and Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV) of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), in association with Government College for Elementary Teachers (GCET) women, H-9, Islamabad, will give Science Open Lessons on Jan 26, 2008, at GCET, H-9, Islamabad to the students of B.Ed (Bachelor of Education).

The SV and JOCV will give lessons and experiments in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The objective of the activity is to foster the enhancement of Activity Based Learning with low-cost equipment and to give an insight of these subjects to the students. The student will also learn to carry out the conventional scientific experiments in a novel way.

SV and JOCV is a volunteer program of JICA. SV's are volunteers in the age bracket of 40 to 69 years which was started in 2001 while JOCV's are comprised of Japanese youth between the age of 20 to 39 years and started in 1995 in pakistan. From its outset, the JOCV & SV has emphasized technical qualifications. The most essential requirement for "Nation Building" is the development of human resources, and the assignment of JOCV & SV represents an effective transfer of technical expertise to the recipient country.

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