KATHMANDU: Minister for Foreign Affairs Narayan Khadka has said the Japanese government’s assistance to Nepal is very important for the development of Nepal.
Addressing the 48th anniversary of JICA Alumni Association of Nepal (JAAN) here today, Minister Khadka commended the Japanese government’s unconditional support to Nepal including in difficult times during Covid 19 crisis. He expressed gratitude for the support the Japanese government has been providing since the diplomatic relations between Nepal and Japan were established in 1956.
Nepal should learn a lot from Japan’s development, the Minister viewed, adding that Japan’s efforts to become a prosperous country by prioritising education and health in the initial stage were worth emulating for Nepal. He also urged the returnees from Japan to optimally utilise their skills, capacity and knowledge earned and learned in Japan for the benefit of the country.
JAAN is established by Nepali trainees and students who obtained various training and academic education under JICA programme in Japan. It has a total of 1,300 members who are currently working in Japan.
The organisation has been providing orientation to Nepalis travelling to Japan as well as extending support in areas of agriculture, education and health among others in various places across the country.
On the anniversary day today, JAAN launched a magazine named Milan, informed JAAN President Ramchandra Bhusal.
Japanese Ambassador to Nepal Kikuta Yutaka also extended his best wishes to JAAN on its anniversary day and its contribution towards further strengthening Japan-Nepal relations.