ISLAMABAD: Secretary, Economic Affairs Division Noor Ahmed and Yusuke Shindo, Deputy Chief of Mission (Charge d’ Affairs), Embassy of Japan signed a Grant Agreement between Government of Pakistan and Government of Japan amounting to JPY 322.00 million for “Human Resource Development Scholarships” for the academic year 2020. The Federal Minister for Economic Affairs, Muhammad Hammad Azhar, witnessed the grant agreement signing ceremony.
Under this programme, the Government of Japan will offer scholarships for master 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 also aims to build a human resource network and eventually strengthen the bilateral relationship between both the countries.
Muhammad Hammad Azhar, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs expressed that this opportunity will strengthen the government’s administrative capacities in the country. All developing countries confront the challenge of designing coherent policies that can simultaneously improve service delivery, accelerate economic growth, reduce poverty and inequality and meet environmental challenges.
To successfully achieve these objectives, countries need both (i) strong analytical capacities to assess policy options; and (ii) sound institutional arrangements for policy formulation and its effective implementation. The minister also expressed gratitude for Japan’s long-term economic partnership with Pakistan and reiterated Pakistan’s strong commitment for further strengthening the bilateral relationships.
Government of Japan has been one of the largest development partners of Pakistan for the last six decades. Japan’s economic cooperation has played a vital role in development of socioeconomic sectors with main focus on human uplift, poverty reduction and capacity building of our institutions. Pakistan values Japan’s assistance in the field of education, health, energy, environment, disaster management and counter terrorism.