JICA president likely to visit Dhaka August 6

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Dhaka, July 23: President of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Shinichi Kitaoka is likely to visit Bangladesh on August 6-7.

He will thoroughly assess the situation on the ground after the attack at Dhaka’s Gulshan café and discuss future cooperation with the Bangladesh leadership.

This is going to be the first visit of JICA President to Bangladesh in recent years and the visit is part of JICA’s commitment to contributing to the development of Bangladesh, an official at the Economic Relations Division (ERD) told media.

During the visit, Kitaoka will meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Finance Minister AMA Muhith, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali and Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan to discuss issues of mutual interest and security issue will be on the top, said the official.

He will also have meetings with JICA officials in Dhaka and others to understand the situation here.

Seven Japanese people were killed and one was injured in the terrorist attack on the Holey Artisan Bakery in the city’s diplomatic zone, Gulshan, on July 1.

The eight Japanese nationals were consultants engaged in survey work for JICA and they were participating in a preparatory survey related to an infrastructure project to improve the urban transit situation in Dhaka, where traffic is rapidly increasing.