An agreement was signed by ERD Secretary Kazi Shofiqul Azam and Chief of JICA, Bangladesh Hitoshi Hirata in the city yesterday. -AA
Japan is going to give Bangladesh Coast Guard Tk 211.74 crore for purchasing modern equipments with a view to enhancing rescue capacity.
The agreement was signed yesterday by Economic Relations Division (ERD) Secretary Kazi Shofiqul Azam and the Chief Representative of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Bangladesh Hitoshi Hirata at ERD conference room in the city.
In this regard, an exchange of notes agreement was also signed between the ERD Secretary and Japanese Ambassador to Dhaka Hiroyasu Izumi. Japan is providing the grant under a project titled "The Project for Improvement of Rescue Capacities in the Coastal and Inland Waters".
Under the project, a total of 24 rescue boats will be handed over to the Bangladesh Coast Guard as they can play more roles for rescuing people at the time of disasters.
Besides, Bangladesh Coast Guard can increase their activities for preventing illegal immigration through the sea, smuggling, trafficking of illegal arms, drugs and narcotics after implementation of the project.
Additional Secretary (Development) of the Home Ministry Md Moshiur Rahman, Bangladesh Coast Guard Deputy Director General Commodore Bashir Uddin Ahmed, Director (Planning & Achievement) Captain M Manunur Rashid, Director (Engineering) Captain M Nurul Islam Sharif and Project Director Commander ATM Rezaul Hasan were also present at the function.
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