Bhutan, Japan sign project for HRD scholarship

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Ambassador of Bhutan to Japan V. Namgyel and Ambassador of Japan to Bhutan Kenji Hiramatsu signed the Exchange of Notes for the project for Human Resource Department (HRD) Scholarship in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Through this project worth 174mn Yen, the Government of Japan will support Master’s and PhD courses for 10 government officials in Japanese Universities from 2020. Candidates for the 2020 batch will be selected soon.

Meanwhile, the first Exchange of Notes for the project was signed between the two Ambassadors on June 23, 2018 in Thimphu coinciding with the visit of Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono to Bhutan. Ten government officials from various agencies will begin their courses (9 Masters’ and one PhD degrees) in Japanese Universities from this September.

According to the press release from the Royal Bhutanese Embassy in New Delhi, the project for HRD Scholarship provides full scholarship with the objective to support HRD and to enhance bilateral relations between the two countries. The Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) has identified four keys areas for the scholarship courses: agriculture and rural development; industrial foundation development; infrastructure development for sustainable economic growth; and counter measures for climate change and disaster risk management.

Speaking at the signing ceremony held at the Japanese Embassy, Ambassador V. Namgyel said high quality human resource is the key to economic and social development of a nation.

“As such, enhancing the knowledge and qualification of Bhutanese government officials in the four key areas identified by the RCSC will make significant contributions to Bhutan’s socio-economic development,” the Ambassador said.

Ambassador Namgyel said like all the other projects supported by the Government of Japan till date, this project too will strengthen the excellent bonds of friendship, understanding, and cooperation that exist between Bhutan and Japan.

Ambassador V. Namgyel also conveyed the deep appreciation of the Royal Government and people of Bhutan to the Government and people of Japan for their steadfast and generous support to Bhutan’s socio-economic development for many years, and for their assurances of continued support in the years ahead.

Yenten Thinley from Thimphu

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