Seven scholars, who are staff of the regional administrations of the Gorno Badakhshan Autonomous Region (GBAO) and Staff provinces as well as the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources, the Agency for Land Reclamation and Irrigation, the Customs Service and the National Bank of Tajikistan, will enroll in master’s courses of Japanese universities in this autumn and conduct the research, which will contribute to the development of Tajikistan, according to Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Office in Tajikistan. 

At the presentation session of the meeting, they reportedly presented the overview and possible outcomes of their research and expected proposals to their organizations.  Their expectation for their lives in Japan and future career plans were also shared with audience.

Mr. Davlatov, Director of the Agency of the Civil Service under the President of Tajikistan (ACS), as the chairman of JDS Operating Committee, mentioned at the beginning of the meeting that ACS constantly made special effort to enhance the human resource development of Tajikistan with other countries, and, supported and promoted JDS alumni, which led the appointment of Ms. Shirin Amonzoda as Deputy Head of the Committee for Tourism Development.

He also expressed his expectation for the JDS Fellows to be great ambassadors of Tajikistan who would represent the high culture and manners of Tajik people to Japanese.

Mr. Kitaoka, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Tajikistan, as the vice-chairman of JDS Operating Committee, wished that JDS Fellows could not only study their subjects but also learn who are the Japanese people which enabled them to understand who are the Tajik people – with this idea the effective approach to the development with human resource could be realized.

This is the first time for JDS Project to dispatch officials working for the regional governments.  One of seven scholars is a female government official, who will be the sixth female scholar in the history of JDS Project in Tajikistan. The female scholar, Ms. Matlyuba Davlatshoyeva (Regional Government of GBAO), described her enthusiasm for studying in Japan commenting “Studying for two years in Japan will enlarge my view of the world, as well as improve my personality and character, which will guarantee a more splendid future in my life and career”

The application for the next batch of scholars who are going to be dispatched to Japan in 2019 will be accepted from September 2018. The government officials working for the regional governments and female officials are highly encouraged to apply for the scholarship.

The objectives of JDS are to support human resource development of the Republic of Tajikistan targeting young government officials and to strengthen the bilateral relations between Tajikistan and Japan.  This project is characterized by its elaborated framework which designates the fields of research and graduate schools focusing on important development issues in Tajikistan. JDS scholars are expected to be leaders of the country, and to engage in formulating and implementing social and economic development policies using their gained academic knowledge and skills.  As of August 2018, 45 scholars for the master’s program and 2 scholar for a doctoral program were dispatched to Japan and 12 of them are currently studying at universities in Japan. 35 scholars returned to Tajikistan with their master’s degrees and contribute to the development of Tajikistan after their coming back.  The project is executed by ACS with the financial support by the government of Japan. Coordination of the project is facilitated by Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE) under the supervision of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Only government officials who belong to designated governmental organizations can apply for this scholarship.  Apart from JDS, the government of Japan provides several scholarship and training programs in Tajikistan such as Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarships and JICA short-term trainings.

JICA began its technical cooperation with Tajikistan in 1993 by inviting Tajik officials to gain knowledge and experience on governance and macroeconomics development.  As of January 2018, a total number of participants to JICA’s Knowledge Co-Creation Programs, formerly called the Training Programs, has exceeded 2100 people.  JICA Office was established in 2006 in Tajikistan and since then various Grant Financial Assistance and Technical Cooperation projects have been implemented more dynamically, aiming at improving living standard of Tajik people for the sectors such as agriculture and rural development, water supply, health, transport, energy, capacity building as well as SME promotion.   JICA’s cumulative investment portfolio in Tajikistan in all sectors comprises 34 projects amounting to more than 345 million USD (82 million USD for Technical Cooperation and 263 million USD for Grant Assistance), including 12 ongoing projects.