The Japanese government is now offering 70 training programmes that will be held in Japan or offered online for Pakistani nationals every year.

The programmes cover a wide range of topics from social needs such as education, health, water resources, environment and human development, to industrial needs such as agriculture, energy, transportation and ICT. Governance, disaster risk reduction and gender are also covered.

In a press release, the Japanese embassy said on Wednesday that the number of participants and terms are set according to the target of each course.

The training programmes were first launched in 1957 and since then, approximately 6,000 Pakistani people have participated in them.

They are offered by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) thanks to the support of Japanese ministries, municipalities, universities and relevant organizations.

Under the restriction on overseas travelers due to the Covid-19 pandemic, JICA is utilising alternative methods such as online communications so that opportunities to participate in the training were not lost.

Citing his optimism on the training programmes in Japan, Ambassador Matsuda Kuninori stated, “I would like all participants to make maximum use of this opportunity, even in challenging times.” The ambassador said he hoped that the participants, who will broaden their knowledge in Japan, would contribute towards strengthening Japan-Pakistan relations.

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