Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and IC Net on Wednesday signed a contract with the Center for Natural Resource Studies (CNRS), agreeing to implement a joint project titled, ‘Livelihood Improvement for Enhancing Resilience in Host-Communities in Cox’s Bazar.’
Representatives from JICA and IC Net went to CNRS’s Head Office in Dhaka to attend the signing ceremony organized by CNRS.
The programme was attended by Takeshi Saheki, Senior Representative at JICA, Naoko Inada, Consultant at IC Net, Saki Nakada, Consultant at IC Net, Dr. M. Mokhlesur Rahman, Executive Director at CNRS, M. Anisul Islam, Director at CNRS, Masood Siddique, NR and Fisheries Expert at CNRS.
Other officials from JICA and CNRS were also present at the ceremony.
Saheki hailed the progress of Bangladesh. He stated that, based on the target of Bangladesh of becoming a middle income country, JICA had two fundamental pillars on which they operated in Bangladesh.
The pillars are, firstly, a firm commitment to promoting and aiding economic development in the country, and secondly, poverty reduction and resilience building among Bangladeshis. He assured that the newly agreed upon project was going to be a pilot project.
Lessons will be documented carefully, and based on that, a robust project will be funded by JICA in the near future.
He was confident that the competence of JICA, IC Net, and CNRS would lead to the successful implementation of the project.
Takeshi expressed his confidence in the successful completion of the project while Inada stated that her organization was happy to partner with and work alongside CNRS.
Livelihood Improvement for Enhancing Resilience in Host-Communities in Cox’s Bazar will be implemented from January 2022 to March 2024.
The project will be implemented at Ukhiya and Teknaf in Cox’s Bazar.
The project activities will focus on livestock, agriculture, aquaculture, and skills development of 1,220households of local residents in the said areas.
As native Bangladeshis have suffered considerably due to the arrival of a massive number of Forcefully Displaced Myanmar Nationals (FDMN), it is essential to empower those people to save and improve their existing livelihoods, increase their skill-base so that they remain competitive in a more challenging environment, and prevent the possibility of a conflict with the FDMN.
JICA and IC Net represent the Japanese people’s dedication to improve the lives of marginalized Bangladeshis.
Their history of successful development-related work in the country is a reflection of their determination to bring about positive change in Bangladesh.
CNRS has, over the years, worked with down-trodden Bangladeshi people and helped improve their lives with their sincere, dedicated, and effective work.
Taking all of this into account, it can be expected that the project that was agreed upon will be a success.