H.E. Ambassador Dr. Fatimie Meets With New JICA Representative to Afghanistan

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April 6, 2015: JICA has played a fundamental role in Afghanistan's reconstruction and sustainable development and it was therefore a great honor for His Excellency Ambassador Dr. Fatimie and First Secretary and Consul Mrs. Farima Orya Afzali to welcome JICA's new Resident Representative to Afghanistan the esteemed Mr. Eiichiro Cho and the Deputy Director General for South Asia 2 and 3 South Asia Department the outstanding Mr. Shigeki Furta.

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H.E. Ambassador Dr. Fatimie congratulated Mr. Cho on his new role and highlighted the importance of education as a determinate of security, health and stability in Afghanistan, while underlining that stability in the country would equal health and wealth for the people. Challenges being faced in regards to the the Afghan JICA student scholarship recipients were also discussed.

Mr. Cho expressed his appreciation to the Embassy for the work it has done in recent years with JICA along with requesting increased efforts for more Afghan agricultural products to be exported to Japan as the security situation improves and to reactivate the Parliamentary League between the Afghan and Japanese Governments.

Few people have assisted the people of Afghanistan more so than long time friend of Afghanistan former President of JICA, Her Excellency Madam Sadako Ogata, who has significantly contributed to the betterment of the lives of ordinary Afghans in all facets including in the areas of education, economy and in agriculture. H.E. Ambassador Dr. Fatimie communicated, on behalf of the people and Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, his utmost gratitude to H.E. Madam Ogata, JICA and the virtuous nation of Japan. Additionally, significant emphasis by H.E. Ambassador Dr. Fatimie was placed on the vital role of agriculture in the lives of some eighty percent of Afghans and he, therefore, requested increased support by JICA for the country's agricultural industry.