November 6, 2014
The JICA Recognition Award is awarded to individuals or groups to express JICA's gratitude for the long term contribution to JICA and JICA's activities.
This year seven foreigners were selected for the award and Dr. Huseyin VELIOGLU won the prize for the first time in Turkey. The reason of his award winning is that while he was the General Director and other posts in Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, he made great effort to proceed the cooperation with JICA in the field of Aquaculture and Agriculture. His Ministry and JICA implemented 4 important projects in Black Sea area. Besides he always disseminated the experience and knowledge as well as Japanese way of thinking and working philosophy that he gained in Japan to his collogues.
The award ceremony was held on Nov. 06, 2014 at Turkish Japanese Foundation with the participation of high rank officials and JICA Alumni members and representatives from Embassy of Japan. Ms. Mayumi ENDOH, Chief Representative of JICA Turkey Office delivered the award to Dr. Huseyin VELIOGLU and made congratulatory speech to express JICA's gratitude for his long term contribution to JICA and JICA's activities. Dr. Huseyin VELIOGLU also delivered a vote of thanks and underlined the importance of JICA's cooperation in Turkey and JICA Alumni. Besides he made a presentation on "Livestock in Turkey" and gave the statistical data about the comparision of current sitation of livestock in Turkey and Japan.
JICA Alumni Association was established voluntarily by JICA ex-participants who received training in Japan, and it has been operating in Turkey for more than 25 years. JICA Alumni provides a network among ex-participants as well as sustains the cooperation between JICA and their organizations. Moreover, it is a platform where the ex-participants find opportunities to disseminate their knowledge and experiences on particular fields through the seminars, panels and other occasions.
Dr. Huseyin VELIOGLU was selected as the president of JICA Alumni Association in 2010 and since then the activities of Alumni diversified remarkably.