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Message from the Chief Representative

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Thank you very much for visiting the website of the JICA Peru Office.

Peru is a country rich in natural diversity across its three geographical regions: the Coast (coastal region), Sierra (mountainous region) and Selva (tropical Amazon). Each has its own characteristics, and the country has cultivated a long history and culture represented by the Incans culture. In Peru, JICA has been carrying out various types of cooperation over 60 years since the first Peruvian scholarship recipient visited Japan in 1958: Technical cooperation, ODA loans, Grant aid, Volunteers, among others. In 2008, with the merger of the former JICA and the area of overseas economic cooperation operations of the former Japan Bank for International Cooperation - JBIC, the new JICA was born. Since then, the various forms of cooperation have been provided in a unified manner in Peru (One Stop Service).

In September 2017, the Japanese government renewed guidelines to assist the development of Peru: "Contribute to Sustainable Economic Growth". The guideline outlines three priority cooperation areas: 1) Improvement of the socioeconomic infrastructure and reduction of the social gap, 2) Environmental management and 3) Risk Reduction of natural disasters. JICA continues to develop various activities in Peru under the vision of "Leading the World with Trust" and based on the Japanese government guidelines.

In terms of reducing the social gap, JICA has provided supporting the Andean region of Peru, where the greatest concentration poverty is, regarding both the improvement of its irrigation infrastructure, as well as, in the region´s technical cooperation of agriculture. This support helps to increase the income of the population. In the northern region of Cajamarca, we have offered a technical cooperation project to improve the variety and productivity of typical Peruvian products such as purple corn and peas. Even after the project was completed, the groups of farmers are continuing to expand their agricultural activities autonomously. For the dry coastal area, we are introducing the agricultural technologies of Japanese SMEs (small and medium enterprises).

The next pillar of assistance that JICA provides is the Risk Reduction of natural disasters. Peru is a seismic country like Japan. JICA has been supporting disaster prevention in Peru for more than 40 years, through measures to reduce risks to earthquakes and tsunamis and by helping to mitigate the damage and impact of El Niño phenomenon. The technical cooperation for the establishment of the Japanese Peruvian Center for Seismic Research and Disaster Mitigation (CISMID) at the National University of Engineering has gained great prestige both in Peru and abroad. Since then, assistance and support has been provided in the form of technical cooperation for research work to prevent natural disasters, in the dissemination to neighboring countries and in joint research between CISMID, Japanese universities and research centers. Moreover, we are providing a multi-sectorial cooperation through the ODA loans for river protection to reduce the risk of flood on the coast; the disaster contingency loan, which ensures the provision of the necessary budget for the urgent reconstruction of public assets when a disaster occurs.

Regarding environmental management, water and sanitation is our major issue. Since water infrastructure is a vital service for people, JICA has been supporting the improvement of water and sanitation facilities in the metropolitan areas of Lima and Piura, as well as Cajamarca, Loreto and Cusco. In addition, we are carrying out technical cooperation to improve the administrative capacity of public water entities in order to achieve effective management of operations and to reduce the percentage of non-revenue water. JICA also offer the water and sanitation infrastructure in the Peruvian Amazon for the indigenous people. With Japanese SMEs technology, we are assisting the treatment of wastewater when it is converted into fertilizers and fuels.

While there are still many things to do throughout the country, JICA continues to deploy its comprehensive support for water sanitation, both in structural and non-structural aspects, in order to ensure a smooth administration of water services in Peru and to achieve stable for Peru´s entire population.

Furthermore, we have strongly contributed to the environmental protection of Peru. In December 2014, the Twentieth Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change was held in the city of Lima. In Peru, which is home to a huge Amazon jungle, JICA has supported programs to prevent the global warming. Cooperating with the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, we have provided technical assistance in order to develop an early warning system for the conservation, reduction and degradation of forests through satellite images. In addition, we support environmental education activities through Japanese volunteers at a community level. Even though we face challenges, we will continue to cooperate in a resolute way.

Finally, Peru has a long history of Japanese immigration since 1899, and now there are more than 100,000 Peruvian Nikkei living in the country. JICA will continue to offer support to them, through care facilities and programs for the elderly Nikkei population to contribute to the economic development of Peru with the Nikkei community and to strengthen partnership with Japanese companies.

In this way, we hope to further strengthen bilateral relations with Peru, a country that has the oldest Japanese immigration history in South America, and we will continue to seek other forms of cooperation in the future. We are looking forward to hearing your valuable opinions and requests.

Kazuhiko UENO
Resident Representative
JICA Peru Office

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