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Japan extends scholarships to government officers

By Our Reporter
Japanese ambassador Masamichi Saigo, and Dr. Rajan Khanal, secretary of the Ministry of Finance have signed and exchanged a set to notes for extending Japan’s grant assistance up to about 274.1 million Nepali Rupees to Nepal for the implementation of the Project for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS) Scheme in Japan’s Fiscal Year 2018.
Similarly, Jun Sakuma, chief representative of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and Shreekrishna Nepal, joint secretary of the International Economic Cooperation and Coordination Division of the Ministry of Finance, have also signed and exchanged a grant agreement for the implementation of this Scheme.
The JDS grant is designed to support human resource development of friendly nations through accepting highly capable, energetic, and young government officials in eight designated Japanese universities as JDS fellows. These officials are then expected to engage in formulation and implementation of socio-economic development plans and programs, and are also expected to be future leaders or engines for development in their respective countries. Another objective of the JDS Scheme is to strengthen partnerships between recipient countries and Japan by utilizing human relation chains to address future global needs.
Twenty Nepali government officers were selected as the third batch of Nepali JDS fellows through a strict evaluation process.
Similarly, in Japan’s Fiscal Years 2016 and 2017, a total of 40 Nepali government officers enrolled in the same eight Japanese universities.

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