Uzbekistan, Japan to Boost Joint Projects
The country office of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in Uzbekistan has conducted a press tour to allow journalists to get familiarized with the projects and programs implemented by this organization in our nation.
Japan is one of Uzbekistan’s major trade, economic and investment partners. In enhancing such partnerships, JICA occupies a special place. Representation of this organization in our country is a reliable partner of ministries and departments in the implementation of projects of social, economic and humanitarian areas. Japanese specialists working in Uzbekistan share their knowledge and experience, sometimes gratuitously.
In recent years, at the initiative of the agency, joint projects are being implemented in the socioeconomic and humanitarian field. Among them are “Prevention and control of non-communicable diseases”, “Allocation of scholarships for training”, “Small Grants Program”, “Construction of Turakurgan Thermal Power Plant”, among others.
The partnership in the field of medicine is also one of the main activities of JICA in Uzbekistan. The event participants visited the National Center for Rehabilitation and Prosthetics of Disabled Persons and received detailed data on the results of cooperation. The center purchased about 60 types of equipment for treating and diagnosing patients for funds (these are several million dollars) provided by JICA.
“Today, in the center outfitted with modern medical equipment, services for the early diagnosis and treatment of diseases are provided free of charge,” said the deputy head physician of the center, Zainiddin Bekmurodov. “New devices can accurately diagnose and effectively treat people with disabilities.”
But, besides financial resources and modern medical equipment, the Japanese side organized the work of Japanese specialists in this center as volunteers, that is, on completely gratuitous conditions. And as Bekmurodov noted, their help is very important, as they not only treat people with disabilities, but also train domestic staff to work on Japanese equipment.
In general, the movement of volunteers today is popular in many countries around the world. People are voluntarily and absolutely free to assist those who need it. Often, volunteers work not only in their own country, but also far beyond its borders. One such example is the volunteers from Japan, who arrived in Uzbekistan through the JICA line.
The Japan International Cooperation Agency organized a volunteer program back in 2000. During this time, more than 300 volunteers were sent to Uzbekistan. They are all young professionals and experienced experts in the field of health, education, finance, business, culture, sports. JICA volunteers are sent for a two-year term in order to transfer all their knowledge and experience in this or that industry to their Uzbek colleagues.
The journalists also visited children’s and youth sports school No. 2 of our capital, where they got acquainted with the work of a swimming volunteer coach from Japan. But this example has caused me some doubts about its effectiveness.
The fact is that the Japanese swimmer does not have any high sports titles and regalia. And his help to our young swimmers is ineffective in terms of achieving champion results and the emergence of highlevel swimmers in our country. As one of the leaders of this school noted, without this volunteer we, of course, would have quietly managed. But you know how the phrase affects the children: your coach will be a Japanese coach! How it charges boys and girls to train more and more intensely!