It is my great pleasure to note that JAAN is publishing “Milan” magazine on the auspicious occasion of its forty-second annual function. Further, it gives me added encouragement while noting that the new issue is focusing on Earthquake Disaster.
JICA, being an official development assistance administration agency of the government of Japan, laid down its level best response to the April 2015 Earthquake. Response teams of search and Rescue, Medical and Japan Self-Defense Force were dispatched immediately after the Earthquake together with Relief Goods, Utilizing the home-grown experience of living with Earthquake disaster, JICA also dispatched long-term recovery planning mission within a week of the disaster, which came up with a clear road map of response assistance incorporating the experience of seamless response i.e. planning for recovery while relief operating in being implanted.
JICA in collaboration with the key agencies of the government of Nepal organized Build Back Better (BBB) seminar on 25 May 2015 by inviting expert researchers and professionals from Japan.Japan made a pledge of USD 260 million in the international conference for reconstruction organized by the Nepal Government on 25 June 2015. Now, JICA has been involved in formulating projects and concluding administrative procedures for making the pledge into real implementation.
I am hopeful that JAAN members working at various level of GoN, private sector, academic circles, professionals, etc. will be contributing from their respective positions to make the rebuilding work really effective and better than before to realize a disaster-resilient and stronger society. Once again I would like to congratulate JAAN for bringing Earthquake devoted issue of MILAN. I would also like to extend my gratitude for providing me the opportunity to put forward our views.
JICA Nepal Office