Dhaka, May 31: Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) wants to work more closely with Bangladesh, Shinichi Kitaoka, president of JICA, said on Thursday.
Kitaoka made the statement during his courtesy meeting with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in Tokyo. JICA president congratulated Sheikh Hasina on the re-election as prime minister, Hasina's speech writer Nazrul Islam told the media after the meeting.
JICA chief expressed his hope that Bangladesh will be more prosperous in future under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina, said Nazrul. The relationship between Bangladesh and Japan will be strengthened on its 50th anniversary in 2022. Japan is the biggest single bilateral development partner to Bangladesh. Bangladesh has received $11.3 billion from Japan in assistance since 1972.
Both nations have signed a $2.5 billion Official Development Assistance (ODA) following the meeting between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Bangladeshi counterpart on Wednesday. Prime Minister Hasina recalled the assistance provided by Japan since Bangladesh's independence and expressed her deep shock and condolences at the Japanese citizens killed in the terror attack at the Holey Artisan eatery in Dhaka in 2016.
Bangladesh has shown 'noticeable' increase in its GDP growth, said Shinichi. The JICA will strengthen the educational programme with Bangladesh and are willing to work on the human resources development in Bangladesh.
The prime minister urged the JICA president to establish a training centre to develop skilled human resources in Bangladesh.
Much as Japan has done, Bangladesh is also transforming into a industry-based economy from an agrarian one, said Hasina.
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman chose Japan as the model for the country's development, she said.