Japan to provide $27.21m to Bangladesh
DHAKA, Dec 22, 2021 (BSS) –
The government of Japan will provide an overall
amount of $27.21 million to Bangladesh against two projects.
Out of the amount, Japan will provide 462 million Japanese Yen (equivalent
to approximately Taka 35.75 crore or $4.21 million) for the project titled
“The Project for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS)” as grant for
Besides, Japan will also provide 2,429 million Japanese Yen (equivalent to
approximately Taka 194.32 crore or $23.00 million) for the project titled
“The Project for the Improvement of Governance and Management Research and
In this regard, “Exchange of Notes” and “Grant Agreements” were signed
today between the government of Bangladesh and the government of Japan.
Fatima Yasmin, Secretary, Economic Relations Division (ERD) signed the
“Exchange of Notes” and the “Grant Agreements” on behalf of the government of
Bangladesh, while Ito Naoki, Ambassador of Japan in Bangladesh signed the
“Exchange of Notes” and Yuho Hayakawa, Chief Representative, JICA Bangladesh
Office, signed the “Grant Agreements” on behalf of the Government of Japan.
The Project for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS) is being
implemented during the period 2001-2025 by the Economic Relations Division.
Under the project, the grant provided by Japan is being utilized for
scholarships for BCS Cadre Officers, Bangladesh Judicial Service Officers and
First Class Officers of Bangladesh Bank to study Masters and PhD courses at
various universities in Japan. This scholarship is contributing to develop
knowledge and skills acquired through higher education from Japanese
universities; moreover, it is helping to develop relations between the two
It is to be noted that earlier Japan has provided 6.8 billion
(approximately) Japanese Yen as grant for implementing the project for the
The grant to be provided by Japan for ‘The Project for the Improvement of
Governance and Management Research and Training Facilities’ will be utilized
for developing physical infrastructure for training and research in BIGM to
enhance the physical infrastructure facilities of BIGM, and to establish
specialized centers for joint education, training and research activities on
good governance, management and development in Bangladesh and Japan.
The project will be implemented by Bangladesh Institute of Governance and
Management (BIGM) under Ministry of Public Administration. Implementation
period of the project is April 2021 to June 2023. Besides, Record of
Discussions (R/D) of three projects under technical cooperation were also
These three projects are ‘Strengthening Capacity for City Corporations
Project’, ‘The Project for Improving Ground Handling Capacity at Hazrat
Shahjalal International Airport’, and ‘The Project for Capacity Building of
Nursing Services Phase 2′, which will be implemented by the Local Government
Division (LGD), Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism, and Medical Education
and Family Welfare Division respectively.
Through ‘Strengthening Capacity for City Corporations Project’
administrative functions in city corporations will be strengthened, which
will contribute to improve service delivery of city corporations.
The purpose of the Project for Improving Ground Handling Capacity at Hazrat
Shahjalal International Airport’ is to improve convenience, efficiency and
safety at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport by providing sustainable
ground handling services. On the other hand, through the Project for Capacity
Building of Nursing Services Phase 2, implementation system of nursing
education will be strengthened at the targeted public nursing colleges and
Japan is the single largest bilateral development partner providing
financial support for the socio-economic development of Bangladesh.
Till November 2021, the Japanese commitment has exceeded $27.40 billion and
disbursement to $16.18 billion. Japanese loans and grants are being utilized
in a wide range of areas including power, roads, bridges, telecommunication,
agriculture, health, education, water supply and sanitation, rural
development, environment and human resource development.