Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal has expressed hope that Japan Development Agency JICA will increase funding in Bangladesh in the future. He said, “I believe, considering the future global uncertainty, JICA will further increase funding for the implementation of important projects with necessary budgetary support.”

The finance minister said these things after a meeting with JICA president Akihiko Tanaka on Monday. The meeting was held at the secretariat. At this time, he also said, ‘The budget assistance that Japan has given to Bangladesh at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic is the first in the history of both Bangladesh and Japan. It has helped us mitigate the negative impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and deal with the crisis caused by the Russia-Ukraine war. Japan is the single largest bilateral development partner of Bangladesh.

JICA President Akihiko Tanaka praised Bangladesh’s economic progress. He said that Bangladesh is far ahead of neighboring countries in various economic and social indicators. Due to the successful implementation of cooperation, Bangladesh is currently one of the countries in the list of Japan’s government development cooperation. Bangladesh has reached a new level of development by achieving progress in various social indicators. He said that he realized this by seeing the picture of development and progress of Bangladesh with his own eyes during this visit.

Economic Relations Department (IRD) Secretary Sharifa Khan, Japanese Ambassador Ito Naoki, JICA Resident Representative Yo Hayakawa and senior officials of JICA and Ministry of Finance were also present in the meeting.
Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal held a meeting with JICA President Akihiko Tanaka. Today is Monday at the secretariat