Economic Undertakings

JICA grants more scholarships to government officials

Nepal and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on Tuesday signed a grant agreement for assistance to the human resource development scholarship project for the current fiscal year.

The grant amounting to 376 million Japanese yen (350 million rupees) will provide 22 scholarships for Nepalese civil servants to study at graduate schools of renowned Japanese universities, according to a statement released by JICA.

“Selected participants improve their expertise in respective professional fields ranging from justice, economic policy, industrialization to infrastructure, and develop a broad network globally,” the statement said.

The exchange of notes regarding the assistance was signed between Madhu Kumar Marasini, Secretary at the Ministry of Finance, and Tamura Takahiro, Acting Charge d’Affaires of Japan in Nepal at the Japanese Embassy in Kathmandu, on behalf of their respective governments.

The objective of the project is to build government administrative capacity in Nepal for young and skilled government employees who are expected to engage in the formulation and implementation of social and economic development plans and thus play leadership roles. leadership to contribute to the development of Nepal.

This agreement plans to broaden and strengthen the basis of bilateral relations between Japan and Nepal by accepting Nepalese students in Japanese universities as foreign students.

The Government of Japan has been offering this scholarship since 2016. So far, 80 civil servants have graduated from Japanese universities and spread across major ministries in Nepal, creating a strong alumni network.

Currently, 42 officials are studying for master’s and doctoral degrees at Japanese universities.

Tanaka Tomoko, High Representative of JICA Nepal, said, “We hope that all scholars will contribute to Nepal’s development process and serve as a bridge between Nepal and Japan once they return after completing their studies in Japan. .