Afghanistan’s Young Leaders Begin JICA’s Knowledge Co-Creation Program


December 3, 2019: Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d'affaires a.i. Mr. Najibullah Safi had the pleasure of addressing the newly arrived group of future Afghan leaders gathered for the welcoming dinner held at the Rumi-Balkhi Hall of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Mr. Safi welcomed the participants to Japan and welcomed the participants and the JICA representatives to the Embassy, thanking all present for their participation in Afghanistan’s mission towards progress and friendly bilateral collaboration.


The Japan International Cooperation Agency’s Knowledge Co-Creation Programs (KCCP) are designed to foster bilateral relationships where participants can “learn from each other and grow and develop together.” The Group & Region Focus element of the KCCP, works under the Government of Japan to identify young leaders from developing countries who are summarily invited to participate in an 18 Day course designed to introduce them to available technologies and skills used in various levels of Japanese industry while prompting the participants to adapt the lessons towards their own futures.


Beginning their more than two-week course ahead, the young leaders selected to participate in JICA’s 2019 Knowledge Co-Creation Program met for their introductory briefings and general orientation. For all ten participants, this is their first time in Japan. Over the next sixteen days, they will be immersed in the policies, roles, and administrative systems of both private and public Japanese small and medium enterprises. The participants will then be encouraged to consider ways to adapt and ply their lessons in Afghanistan. Lastly, the course will hopefully promote the development of contacts and an exchange of dialogue from which all participants and their respective nations can mutually benefit into the future.