Islamabad, November 11, 2015 (PPI-OT): “Pakistan considers Japan as an important partner in its disaster management efforts under holistic approach encompassing prevention, mitigation, preparedness besides relief and recovery from natural disasters, also relief help extended by Japan in times of crisis is held in high esteem”, Chairman NDMA Major General Asghar Nawaz said this while meeting the Vice President of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Mr. Hidetoshi IRIGAKI who called on the Chairman at Islamabad today.
While greatly acknowledging Japan’s continuous technical and financial support also manifested through formulation of 10 years National Disaster Management Plan Chairman NDMA identified important areas for future collaboration in particular, strengthening of Pakistan Metrological Department, risk assessment up to Union Council level through multi hazard vulnerability risk assessment, human resource capacity building, Disaster Management simulation exercises and awareness raising regarding climate change and its impacts.
Chairman NDMA stated that Pakistan can learn a lot from Japan’s disaster management experience through knowledge sharing and exchange of experts. Highlighting the importance of advocacy and awareness, Chairman NDMA said that we consider the youth of Pakistan as a frontline force in mitigating the adverse impacts of Climate Change.
Vice President of JICA Mr. Hidetoshi IRIGAKI thanked NDMA for welcoming JICA delegation and offered condolences over the loss of precious human lives during the recent October 2015 earthquake. VP JICA said that importance of Pakistan is manifested by the fact that his first Country of visit after taking charge as VP of JICA is Pakistan.
Mr. IRIGAKI assured that JICA will provide experts for human resource capacity building projects in the field of disaster management to build-up and strengthen the capacity of NIDM. He also expressed interest in contributing to the National Fund for Disaster Management which is being established under aegis of Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs Division.
Mr. IRIGAKI also presented a Certificate of Appreciation and award of recognition on behalf of JICA President to Mr. Ahmed Kamal Member DRR, NDMA in recognition of many years of cooperation with JICA, Japan in the field of disaster management. The selection to present this certificate was made by JICA through a global process involving its offices the world over.
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