JICA’s country officer talks on agriculture project in Uzbekistan (Exclusive)

BAKU, Azerbaijan, Oct. 22

By Fakhri Vakilov-Trend:

The project worth $200 million for development of horticulture in Uzbekistan is expected to be launched in cooperation with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Masato Matsuno, the agency's country officer, Division of Central Asia and the Caucasus, told Trend in an interview.

"The project shall support Uzbekistan in improving financial access and farm-management by supplying funds and providing technical supports to horticultural farmers and agro-industry companies," Matsuno added.

According to Matsuno, the project will contribute to agriculture diversification and promoting employment in rural areas.

“The Project is under consideration, but not signed yet. The details will be revealed after the signing,” country officer said.

The country officer stated that JICA is developing cooperation with Uzbekistan by three pillars: infrastructure development; industrial diversification and governance strengthening; and social sector including agriculture and health.

“Based on the consultation with the Government of Uzbekistan, we are considering the future projects not only in power, agriculture and health sector, but also in tourism, legal assistance, education sector including technical cooperation and grants,” Matsuno added.

JICA is one of the world’s largest bilateral aid agencies. It’s in charge of administering Japan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA), which is an arm of Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

JICA supports socioeconomic development in developing countries through flexible combination of various types of assistance methods, such as Technical Cooperation, Finance and Investment Cooperation, and Grants.

It operates in approximately 150 countries and regions of the world.

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