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Briefing held on JICA schemes related to cultural heritage(20.07.2018)

On Friday, October 27, 2017, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Japan Consortium for International Cooperation in Cultural Heritage(JCIC-Heritage) held a briefing at JICA headquarters on JICA schemes related to cultural heritage. This briefing was held mainly to deepen the understanding of JCIC-Heritage members regarding the ODA schemes implemented by JICA and to build a foundation for practical project cooperation between JICA and the JCIC-Heritage.

About 40 people—mainly researchers and students involved in protection of cultural heritage, took part in this briefing.

Moderated by Ryutaro Murotani (Deputy Head, Office for Global Issues and Development Partnership, Operation Strategy Department) the briefing began with an opening message from Shinichi Yamanaka (Director General, Operations Strategy Department) followed by a description of the Activities of the JCIC-Heritage, by the Secretariat of the JCIC-Heritage.

Next on the agenda was a presentation by JICA, which began with a description of an overview of JICA schemes as a whole by Toshiya Abe (Senior Advisor to the Director General, Operations and Strategy Department) along with an explanation of key points of JICA projects related to protection of cultural heritage, based on the perspectives of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This was followed by a description, by Takashi Matsumoto (Deputy Director, Domestic Strategy and Partnership Department) of the distinguishing features, conditions, and advantages of grass-roots technical cooperation projects, while sharing practical information on matters such as application procedures.

After that, Kazumasa Sanui (Director, Team 2 in the Urban and Regional Development Group, Infrastructure and Peacebuilding Department) provided introductions to projects in Palestine (Hisham’s Palace, Jericho), Jordan (Petra), and Egypt (Giza), as specific examples of JICA projects related to cultural heritage. He also described the process by which the projects took shape.

After each presentation, the speaker answered questions collected from participants in advance. In a separate question-and-answer session, Yoshito Urano (Special Advisor, Private Sector Development Group, Industrial Development and Public Policy Department) joined the above JICA speakers in answering questions from those in attendance.

The high level of interest in this briefing among participants was demonstrated by the wide range of questions asked in the question-and-answer session, on subjects that ranged from practical matters such as application procedures, budgets, and numbers of projects per year to further possibilities for cooperation between JICA projects and academic research, including JICA’s expectations for academic research in fields such as archaeology.

Lastly, the briefing to an end with a closing message from Deputy Chair Yasuyoshi Okada of the JCIC-Heritage.

We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the cosponsor of this briefing, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), to all who cooperated in the briefing, and to all who participated.

See here for the program and an overview of the briefing.

 

Photo captions (from top)

1: The opening message from Shinichi Yamanaka

2: The presentation by the Consortium Secretariat

3: The presentation by Toshiya Abe

4: The presentation by Takashi Matsumoto

5: The presentation by Kazumasa Sanui

6: The question-and-answer session (1) (from left: Takashi Matsumoto, Yoshito Urano,  Toshiya Abe)

7: The question-and-answer session (2) (from left: the above three individuals, Kazumasa Sanui, and Ryutaro Murotani)

8: The closing message from Yasuyoshi Okada

9: The briefing venue

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