The government of Japan has extended grant assistance worth Japanese Yen 318 million (around 3 million US dollars) to the government of Pakistan for “The Project for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS) for fiscal year 2020”.
The exchange of notes and records of discussions for the grant were signed by Noor Ahmed, Secretary, Economic Affairs Division (EAD) and MATSUDA Kuninori, Ambassador of Japan.
A grant agreement on the details of the implementation of the project for the fiscal year 2020 was also signed by Shigeki Furuta, Chief Representative of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Rahman Shah, Deputy Secretary, EAD.
JDS is designed to support the social and economic development of the country by providing government officials an opportunity to obtain a Master’s or Doctoral degree in Japan in order to strengthen the administrative capacity of officials. The participants of the JDS program who are involved in the formulation and implementation of policies are expected to learn in partner universities in Japan and acquire knowledge of their specialties as well as the know-how of how Japan became a country as it is today.
As JDS in Pakistan was started in 2018 and has four batches in consecutive four years, Pakistan is experiencing the third batch of the program this year. For the third batch, the maximum number of the slots for JDS participants in Pakistan are eighteen (18) seats for a Master’s degree and two (2) seats for a Doctoral degree.
This project will strengthen the government’s administrative capacities by providing scholarship opportunities to obtain masters and doctoral degrees to the young capable government officials who are expected to play leadership roles in contributing to the socio-economic development of the country. It will also build a human network, and eventually strengthen the bilateral relationship/partnership between both the countries of Japan and Pakistan.
The Secretary, Ministry of Economic Affairs appreciated the government and people of Japan for their support with the assurance of extending all necessary facilitation for more meaningful cooperation between the two sides in the future.
Shigeki said this program will provide young and promising government officials with significant opportunity to study and obtain masters or Ph.D. degrees in universities in Japan. Those who attend this program are anticipated to play leading roles of the government in the future in formulating and implementing social and economic policies for the development of Pakistan.
“Japan is a unique country with a history of building a liberal nation with advancements in socio-economy and technology from scratch after World War II. I am quite sure that the JDS fellows will gain public administrative capacity together with wider and deeper knowledge and broad human networks through this program,” he said.
Kuninori, noted that “JDS scholarship is expected to contribute to strengthen the administrative capacities of government of Pakistan by providing the opportunity to obtain the Master and Doctor of Philosophy degree to talented government officers who are involved in formulation and implementation of social and economic development of Pakistan. Japan will continue to support Pakistan in the future as a friend and I hope this project would further contribute to strengthen the existing bond of friendship between the two countries” said the Ambassador.