The government of Japan has decided to implement seven new Japanese technical cooperation programmes in Pakistan to cater to the social needs and assist in the capacity building of growing industries at the federal and provincial levels.

According to a statement issued on Monday, the Japanese government will implement a total of 25 technical cooperation programmes, including the seven new programmes, in Pakistan during fiscal year 2021-22.

The new Japanese technical cooperation programmes include the projects and dispatch of experts for improvement in health, education, agriculture, gender and information technology sectors and will be implemented by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) over the period of around three years.

The programmes cover areas such as strengthening the care for mothers, newborn and child health in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, dispatching education policy adviser to Sindh, strengthening of community engagement and educational practices for better retention in Sindh, providing technical support for livestock genetic improvement in Sindh, coaching trout farming technology in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, promoting survivor-centred approach in gender-based violence in Punjab and dispatching a technical adviser for ICT industry development in Pakistan.

“For the effective implementation of these programmes, Jica, besides dispatching Japanese experts for capacity building of counterpart organisations, will conduct online training to share Japanese expertise and experience under the restrictions on overseas travel due to the Covid-19 pandemic,” the statement added.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 20th, 2021.

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