Japan has signed an exchange of notes with Bangladesh on its grant aid "Economic and Social Development Programme" worth JPY1 billion, about $10 million to provide medical equipment to help Bangladesh combat Covid-19.
ITO Naoki, Japanese ambassador to Bangladesh, and Fatima Yasmin, secretary to the economic relations division of the Ministry of Finance, signed the exchange of notes on Thursday on behalf of their respective governments, said a press release issued by the Japanese Embassy in Bangladesh.
The medical equipment provided through grant aid is expected to strengthen the health system of hospitals, in particular, ICUs treating COVID-19 patients in Bangladesh.
The government of Japan has provided approximately $12 million as emergency support to tackle Covid-19 in Bangladesh through international organizations and provided PPE to hospitals though JICA till date.
Meanwhile, ITO Naoki, Fatima Yasmin, and HayakawaYuho, chief representative of JICA Bangladesh office on Thursday signed the exchange of notes and grant agreements amounting to 446 million Japanese yen ($5 million) under the Project for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS) to support Bangladeshi officials advance their ability, according to another press release issued by the Japanese Embassy.
Some 394 Bangladeshi officials have studied masters and PhD in Japanese universities under the JDS scheme, the press release said, adding that the government of Japan has constantly increased the number of JDS awardees from Bangladesh.
Furthermore, PhD fellows have studied for the first time since the spring of 2018. It is expected that the JDS fellows would help Japan and Bangladesh to further mutual understanding and deepen and broaden friendship, the press release said.