ISLAMABAD: The Government of Japan today announced grant aid worth around 322 million Japanese Yen for the Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS) Program in Pakistan.
Notes to this effect were signed and exchanged between Mr. Yusuke Shindo, Charge d’ Affaires, Embassy of Japan in Pakistan and Secretary, Economic Affairs Division (EAD) Mr. Noor Ahmed. A Grant Agreement on the details of implementation of the project for fiscal year 2019 was signed and exchanged between Mr. Shigeki Furuta, Chief Representative of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Mr. Adil Akbar Khan, Joint Secretary, EAD.
This program was introduced first time to Pakistan in 2018. The main objective of JDS is to strengthen the administrative capacities of government of Pakistan by providing the opportunity to obtain the Master and Doctor of Philosophy degree to the capable government officers who are involved in formulation and implementation of social and economic development of Pakistan.
The JDS program is designed to accept four batches of fellow students to Japan in consecutive four years. First batch consisting of eighteen civil servants is going to leave Pakistan for Japan in August 2019. The target fields of JDS are Public Administration and Finance, Energy Policy and Implementation, Industrial Promotion, Investment Climate and Trade, Agriculture, Water Resource and Rural Development, Disaster Management Capacity.
Yusuke Shindo, Charge d’ Affaires, said: “We have started this project since last year because we believe human resource development, especially that of young civil servants, is key to the development of Pakistan. They are expected to become future leaders of this country. Japan will continue to contribute for the prosperous future of Pakistan. We will also continue to support the education sector in Pakistan, which we believe, is the key sector in Pakistan’s development.”
Shigeki Furuta said “this program would make a significant contribution towards human resource development in Pakistan. JDS fellows will gain knowledge, which will be useful for policy planning and implementation. These fellows will be expected to take an important leading role in the government to its capacity, which enable them to achieve its goals and objectives. The effectiveness of the government will directly affect the development of Pakistan and welfare of the people. Moreover, the Project aims to strengthen the partnership between both the countries”