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Photo Exhibition of JICA at the Public Library, Colombo 07

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) organizes a photo exhibition at the Public Library, Colombo 07, which opens to the public from 22nd to 25th March 2007. The development activities carried out by JICA in various parts of Sri Lanka have been observed in different perspectives by renowned photographer Mr Lal Hegoda and captured into his camera. The objectives of the exhibition are for the people of Sri Lanka to understand the ODA activities, which JICA has carried out in the past 25 years and to disclose the Japanese context through medium of photography. Sri Lankans will be made aware how Japanese assistances have been utilized and how Sri Lanka has been benefited through JICA’s development activities.

The idea of this exhibition was initiated by His Excellency Akio Suda, the former Ambassador of Japan in Sri Lanka when he saw the photographs taken by Mr. Hegoda. Mr. Lal Hegoda is a well known photographer as well as a famous poet in Sri Lanka. As appreciated by many art lovers, his photographs depict very clearly his poetic approach to the subject he encounters.

JICA mainly deals with development assistance in Sri Lanka through its technical cooperation programme, which have always been supporting the socio-economic development efforts in the country. The major components of technical cooperation, such as acceptance of Sri Lankan participants for technical training in Japan, dispatch of Japanese experts & volunteers to Sri Lanka for technology transfer in required fields, are directly linked with ‘human to human’ relations. Up to now the number of participants accepted from Sri Lanka for technical training has exceeded 6,000. The number of Japanese experts who provided their services to Sri Lanka has exceeded 1,700 and more than 600 Japanese volunteers have been engaged in grassroot community development activities in Sri Lanka. In addition to the above, implementation of Grant Aid projects under Japanese ODA is also undertaken by JICA. The Sri Jayawardanapura Hospital, Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation, National Institute of Education, Plant Genetic Recourses Centre, Dental Faculty of Peradeniya University and the Teaching Hospital of Peradeniya are some examples of the Japanese Grant Aid Projects in Sri Lanka. Also currently the Manampitiya Bridge is under construction and, Mannar Bridge is another major grant aid project in the pipeline.

A photo exhibition will be held at the Public Library, Colombo 07 from 22nd to 25th March 2007 from 9.00am to 6.00pm.

A Similar exhibition was held in Japan at the JICA Global Plaza, Tokyo from 19th to 28th of December 2006 and it was highly admired & appreciated by Japanese people who visited the event.

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