The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will provide technical assistance to Bangladesh to ensure safe food throughout the country.
To this end, the Bangladesh Food Safety Authority and JICA signed an agreement on a technical assistance project at Probashi Kallyan Bhaban in the capital on Wednesday.
Under the agreement, JICA will provide training, help formulate policies, standard operating procedures and guidelines, and prepare strategic plan 2021-2026. It will also provide technical assistance in hiring expert consultants and help set up reference labs.
Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumder, who was present as the chief guest at the programme, said the capacity of the Food Safety Authority should be strengthened in preventing food adulteration.
There is no alternative to skilled manpower with technical knowledge to improve institutional capacity of the Food Safety Authority, he added.
Lauding Bangladesh's economic progress, Japan Ambassador to Bangladesh Naoki Ito said the Food Safety Authority would play an important role in ensuring safe food in Bangladesh through the project.
JICA of the Japan government will continue its cooperation with Bangladesh in ensuring food safety, he said.
After the deal signing ceremony, the food minister inaugurated monitoring activities at two outlets of Nawabi Bhoj Restaurant and Fars Restaurant in the capital through Nazar Apps.