On November 27, 2019 the representatives of the Customs Service under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan met with the representatives JICA on the "Project for Human ResourceDevelopment Scholarship" (the JDS Project). The meeting was headed by Deputy Head of International Customs Cooperation Department - Ms. Mirzoshoeva Sulhiya, and participants from Customs Servicewere Head of Division in Human Resources and Personnel Department - Mr.Kholmahmad Rajabov, Head of Multilateral Cooperation Department - Mr.Mahmadjonov Manuchehr, Senior Inspector of International Customs Cooperation Department - Mr. Farrukh Halimov. Program Manager - Ms. Wakaka Hashimoto, Regional Director of JDS Project in Tajikistan - Ms. Shimana Moe representedJICA (JICE).
The main objective of the meeting were to agree on priority areas of study for JDS Fellows, accepting Japanese universities and eligible organizations of each priority field of study, as well as to identify the number of potential candidates for JDS Project.
Important to note that JDS Grant Aid is a program for human resource development of civil servants of developing countries through study in the universities of Japan in Mastery and PhD. The purpose of this project is to increase the professional capacity of young public officials able to contribute to the development of their country.
This Project has been implemented in the Republic of Tajikistan in accordance with the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan and the Government of Japan, since 2008. Every year 5-7 people from public authorities of the Republic of Tajikistan are selected and the winners are sent to Japan. This scholarship covers all their tuition and living expenses in Japan.
The Customs Service under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan was included in the list of agencies submitting applicants for the JDS Project in 2016. The same year, one of the customs officers was awarded a scholarship and enteredInternational University of Japan for the 2017-2019 academic year and successfully graduated it. Currently, another customs official is continuing his study at the above mentioned university.
It should be noted that this year the number of scholarships for the 2020-2023 academic year in the master's program increased from 7 to 12 units. There is also 1 scholarship for postgraduate study (PhD).
During the meeting the representatives of Customs Service proposed to provide opportunities for customs officers to get education,especially in the area of customs affairs and as well as to increase the number of scholarships for postgraduate study so that customs officials can also compete.
At the end of the meeting Ms. Wakako Hashimoto mentioned that depend on Tajikistan interests, JICA may increase the numbers of the scholarships for the next years.