On August 14, 2020, the signing ceremony for five Mini-Grant Projects took place at Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Tajikistan Office. The Mini-Grant Agreements were signed by Mr. Hideki Tanabe, Chief Representative of JICA and finalists of Mini-Grant competition.

Five projects in such sectors like transport, tourism, agriculture and food safety will be implemented for the sake of Tajik citizens and aiming at 1) training of specialists SEHM and SETM in analysis, forecasting and budgeting based on experience of Japan; 2) building capacity of local specialists and stakeholders in the elaboration of local Plans on development of Agro tourism; 3) to find the ways for improvement of local seed production and better access to high quality seed in Tajikistan and 4) insuring food quality and safety.

In his opening remarks, the Chief Representative of JICA, Mr. Hideki Tanabe congratulated the winners and wished them effective and successful realization of the projects in this hard time.

In turn, the winners thanked JICA for the given opportunity to implement their initiatives and ideas, and assured that all projects shall be successfully implemented with the set objectives to be achieved.

This is the third round of “Mini-Grant” implementation in Tajikistan that was started in 2018 with the purpose of supporting ex-participants of JICA training program to realize their activities aimed at contributing to socio-economic development of Tajikistan. Within 2 years, 11 projects in different sectors like transport, health, irrigation, agriculture and others were implemented in amount of more than 40 000 USD.

It is expected that this initiative will play important role in strengthening the friendship of Japan and Tajikistan, and the process of project implementation will improve civil servants’ skill on project management.

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