This afternoon Foreign Minister A H Mahmood Ali, MP met the JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) President H.E. Dr. Shinichi Kitaoka. A 12 member Japanese delegation composed of senior officials of JICA and the Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh H.E. Mr. Masato Watanabe accompanied the JICA President. Bangladesh Foreign Minister was assisted by Bangladesh Ambassador to Japan, H.E. Ms.Rabab Fatima and other officials of the Foreign Ministry.
Welcoming the JICA President at the State Guest House Padma, Foreign Minister Ali recalled the contribution of the Japan and its people in rebuilding Bangladesh since its independence in 1971. As a trusted friend and a reliable development partner, Japan through its projects under JICA, has been playing a significant role in Bangladesh's socio-economic development. JICA President apprised the Foreign Minister of the progress of some of their ongoing project as well as upcoming projects under 38th ODA loan package.
The Foreign Minister outlined the ongoing efforts of the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in improving the socio-economic condition of her people. With 'zero tolerance' policy, her government has been successful in curbing the terrorism and violent extremism challenges posed by home grown extremists elements. He recalled the successful holding of the 9th GFMD meeting in December, 2016 and the 136th IPU Conference two months back which were attended by huge number of country delegates.
JICA President thanked the Foreign Minister for accepting him and reaffirmed their commitment to continue to support Bangladesh in her march towards development