For the Project for Human Resource Development Scholarship for the fiscal year 2022, the government of Japan has offered grant support to the government of Pakistan in the number of Japanese Yen 313 million, or almost $2.3 million.
The Ministry of Economic Affairs hosted a signing ceremony in this regard today, on Tuesday. The Economic Affairs Division (EAD) Secretary, Mian Asad Hayaud Din, and Chargé d’affaires of the Japanese Embassy in Islamabad, Ishii Kensuke, both signed the Exchange of Notes and Record of Discussions for the award.
Adil Akbar Khan, joint secretary of EAD, and Kinoshita Yasumitsu, chief representative of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), signed a grant agreement outlining the specifics of the project’s implementation.
Through this award, the Japanese government will provide 18 scholarships for two-year Master’s degree programmes and 1 scholarship for a three-year Doctoral programme for federal government officers attending top Japanese universities.
In Pakistan, this programme debuted for the first time in 2018. Since then, this scholarship has been made available to four batches of Japanese Grant Aid (JDS) fellows. The main goal of JDS is to improve the administrative capabilities of the Pakistani government by giving skilled government officials who are involved in the planning and implementation of Pakistan’s social and economic development the chance to earn Master’s and Doctor of Philosophy degrees.
The Secretary of the Ministry of Economic Affairs thanked the Japanese government and people for their support and pledged to provide all necessary facilitation for future, more fruitful cooperation between the two parties.