Uzbek­istan, Ja­pan to Boost Joint Projects

Uzbekistan Today (English) - - PARLIAMENT - Igor Ch­ernykh

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!

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