On May 31, an Annual Meeting of JICA Knowledge Co-Creation Program, formerly called the Training Programs, was held at Dushanbe Serena Hotel to exchange experiences and good practices of post-training activities conducted in Tajikistan and outcomes of JICA Mini-Grant Projects implemented in 2021.

JICA Tajikistan Office says the JICA Training Program, now known as KCCP is a long-term capacity-building program that has been implementing for Tajikistan since 1993.  A total number of participants has reportedly exceeded 2,280 to date, and many of them are actively working in various sectors contributing to development of Tajikistan.

The meeting was attended by representatives of ministries, committees and agencies.  Mr. Takasaka Muneo, Chief Representative of JICA Tajikistan Office stated in his opening speech that the Government of Japan always pays special attention to enhance human resource capacity in Tajikistan and he is excited to hear how ex-participants of training courses of JICA are utilizing the obtained knowledge in Japan.

During the first part of the meeting, five Mini-Grant Winners presented the outcomes of their projects with other attendees and received certificates from Chief Representative of JICA and Representative of the Government of Tajikistan, as a symbol of thankfulness.

Group of ex-participants of various sectors (transport and tourism) presented their activities and good practices introduced to Tajikistan.  Seminars and field visits to different regions of Tajikistan were conducted by their initiatives and JICA’s assistance in 2021. 

At the second part of the meeting, the ex-participants were acquainted with Mini-Grant Scheme of JICA Tajikistan Office.  Taking into account that currently a “Call for Application” period is going on, the participants of the event were provided with comprehensive information about the scheme and encouraged to apply.

Mr. Kikuchi Takeshi, Representative of JICA Tajikistan appreciated active discussions throughout the meeting, and stated that JICA Tajikistan would take into account all the valuable ideas and proposals that were mentioned today. 

            JICA, as one of the leading development partners in the area of human resource development, will continue to support ex-participants’ activities in Tajikistan, in consideration that they are a great asset for socio-economic development and a bridge for promoting friendship between Tajikistan and Japan.

JICA began its technical cooperation with Tajikistan in 1993 by inviting Tajik officials to gain knowledge and experience on governance and macroeconomics development. As of March 2020, a total number of participants to JICA’s Knowledge Co-Creation Programs, formerly called the Training Programs, has exceeded 2380 people.  JICA Office was established in 2006 in Tajikistan and since then various Grant Financial Assistance and Technical Cooperation projects have been implemented more dynamically, aiming at improving living standard of Tajik people for the sectors such as agriculture and rural development, water supply, health, transport, energy, capacity building as well as SME promotion.  JICA’s cumulative investment portfolio in Tajikistan in all sectors comprises 44 projects amounting to more than 418.5 million USD (94.66 million USD for Technical Cooperation and 324 million USD for Grant Assistance), including 14 ongoing projects.