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A Message from the President

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Toru Kubo
President
Japan International Cooperation System

Japan contributes to the international community through its Official Development Assistance (ODA) programs, which are regarded as an important policy area. Through this contribution, Japan responds to the high expectations placed on it by the international community, and strives to fully meet its roles and obligations in this sphere.

Within Japan’s ODA programs, grant aid projects fulfill a particularly important role as “aid with a face”—in other words, aid that is strongly identified with Japan by the people in recipient countries.

Japan International Cooperation System (JICS) was established in 1989 to rigorously support the implementation of these programs. Since then, as a “procurement expert” in the international cooperation field, JICS’ core operations have been focused on the role of procurement agent for the governments of recipient countries. Specifically, this includes such activities as the procurement of materials, equipment and various types of soft components, as well as procurement relating to the construction of facilities and management of the construction process.

We are resolutely taking up the challenge of developing new businesses in a range of fields. This includes collaboration with private-sector companies that are aiming to help solve issues faced by developing countries while expanding their own business operations.

In line with the Japanese government’s Development Cooperation Charter, we will continue to work in unison to address the global issues set out in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and strive toward the realization of “quality growth” in developing countries.

To contribute to the peace and stability of the international community as player in the international cooperation field, we will work to “make aid tangible” through the provision of services with even greater value-added content. In doing so, we aim to be an organization that wins the trust of all its stakeholders.

Toru Kubo
President
Japan International Cooperation System (JICS)