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The Japanese Grant Aid for Human Resources Development Scholarship (JDS) Programme was introduced in Sri Lanka in 2010 by the Government of Japan in order to provide opportunities to the executive level public officials of Sri Lanka to undergo Master Degree Programmes in prominent universities in Japan. Under the 1st framework (2010-2013) and the 2nd framework (2014-2017) of this programme, opportunities have been provided to 105 officials to follow Master Degree Programmes in Japan in the fields of Policy and Public Finance, Public Administration, Regional Development, and Macro and Development Economics.

The selection procedure of the third batch of the second Framework (for 15 officials) has already been completed and they will commence their studies in September 2016. In order to facilitate these officials, the Government of Japan has offered a grant assistance of Japanese Yen 231 million (approximately Rs. 318 million) to Sri Lanka for the year 2016.

The Government of Sri Lanka expects that the public officers who will be benefited under this programme will contribute to the social and economic development of the country in a productive manner with self - confidence. It will also contribute to strengthen the bilateral relationship between two countries.

An Exchange of Notes between two Governments and a Grant Agreement between the Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and the JICA for the implementation of the Human Resources Development Scholarship Programme were signed on 04th July 2016 at the Ministry of Finance. Relevant documents were signed by Mr. R H S Samaratuna, Secretary, Ministry of Finance on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka, His Excellency Mr. Kenichi Suganuma, Ambassador of Japan in Sri Lanka on behalf of the Government of Japan and Mr. Kiyoshi Amada4, Chief Representative of JICA on behalf of the JICA.

Ministry of Finance

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