Doing Business with JICA: Procurement Framework and Best Practices | Invitation to a Webinar

By Ion Ilasco

Doing Business with JICA: Procurement Framework and Best Practices | Invitation to a Webinar

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is a bilateral aid agency responsible for administering the country’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) and supporting the implementation of the national government’s strategy for underdeveloped nations. It operates in more than 150 countries and regions across the world. As of 2021, the agency has allocated more than US$ 12.8 billion for ODA purposes.

DevelopmentAid, in collaboration with JICA, invites suppliers, contractors, and consultants interested in discovering business collaboration opportunities with the agency to join the webinar “Doing Business with JICA: Procurement Framework and Best Practices”. During the webinar, our guest speakers will introduce JICA, its ODA loan policy, procurement guidelines, eligibility rules, and bidding procedures.

Founded in August 1974, JICA’s vision for sustainable development involves ‘taking the lead in forging bonds of trust across the world, aspiring for a free, peaceful and prosperous world where people can hope for a better future and explore their diverse potentials’.

As one of the world’s largest bilateral ODA organizations, JICA operates across multiple sectors across public, private, and environmental dimensions. JICA’s aid policy is governed by an unbiased, broad perspective that extends beyond the traditional assistance schemes, including technical cooperation, grants, and finance and investment cooperation.

Table 1. JICA’s sectors of operation

Source: JICA – Our work: Thematic Issues

The preliminary data on ODA levels published by the OECD show that Japan (via JICA), was the third largest bilateral ODA contributor in the world at $17.6 billion in the year 2021, surpassed only by Germany ($32.2 billion) and the United States ($42.3 billion). In addition, JICA’s operations in the fiscal year 2021 concerning the principal mechanisms of assistance delivery amounted to about US$ 12.8 billion.

Fig.1. Overview of JICA’s operations (2021, US$ billion*)

Source: JICA at glance – Overview of operations

*Based on the JPY-USD conversion rate as of 17.09.22

Invitation to a Webinar

DevelopmentAid, in collaboration with JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency), invites you to attend the webinar “Doing Business with JICA: Procurement Framework and Best Practices”, which will take place online on October 6 at 5 PM (Tokyo time zone) / 10 AM (Brussels time zone).

Key takeaways

  • Get to know JICA and its ODA Loan Operation;
  • Learn more about Procurement under JICA’s ODA Loan policy;
  • Discover the specific particularities of Procurement Guidelines and Standard Bidding Documents;
  • Learn about the eligibility criteria to participate in projects funded by JICA.

Speakers

Keisuke Fukui, Director of Loan Procurement Policy and Supervision Division at JICA

In his current role, Keisuke manages the Loan Procurement Policy and Supervision Division that is responsible for handling overall procurement policy and procedures under JICA ODA Loan operations. Mr. Fukui participates directly in the development and implementation of JICA’s Procurement Guidelines and Standard Bidding Documents. Mr. Fukui joined JICA in 2010 as the Deputy Director of the South Asia Division. In 2015, he became the representative of the JICA Philippines Office with a subsequent promotion to a senior role in 2019. Mr. Fukui brings more than a decade of experience in ODA Loan operations in South Asian countries with a particular focus on the transport sector.

Iwasaki Akihito, Associate within the Loan Procurement Policy and Supervision Division at JICA

Mr. Akihito is responsible for handling procurement policy in Asia and Middle East areas under JICA ODA Loan operations. Mr. Akihito has many years of experience in procurement and engineering. Mr. Akihito joined JICA in 2021.

Host

Elena Rata, External Relations & Events at DevelopmentAid

Link for Registration