MANILA, Philippines – The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has announced that it has named a new chief representative in the Philippines.
JICA said Noriaki Niwa will serve as the country’s new chief representative, replacing Takahiro Sasaki, who served as JICA Philippines chief representative from October 2011 to March 2014.
Niwa, a former JICA chief representative in Nepal, will bring his expertise in agricultural economics and rural development in intensifying Japan’s development assistance in the Philippines.
He had helped steer state-building strategies for Nepal’s economic growth and development through the agency’s collaboration with policy makers, government officials, and private sector in Nepal when he served as chief representative in 2007.
Niwa also served as assistant resident representative at JICA Philippine Office in 1987.
JICA is an agency of the Japan government implementing technical cooperation, grant aid, and Yen loan programs of Japan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) to developing countries like the Philippines.
It is the largest bilateral aid agency in the world with about $10.3 billion in financial resources and a network of more than 100 global offices.