Sustainable Development Goals Center, JICA sign cooperation deal

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Sustainable Development Goals Center for Africa (SDGC/A) have signed a cooperation deal. The Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) was signed on Monday by Shinichi Kitaoka, president of JICA, and Belay Begashaw, director general of the SDGC/A, at the JICA headquarters in Tokyo.
SDGs Center for Africa Director General Belay Begashw (L) and JICA President Shinichi Kitaoka at the signing ceremony. (Courtesy)
SDGs Center for Africa Director General Belay Begashw (L) and JICA President Shinichi Kitaoka at the signing ceremony. (Courtesy)

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Sustainable Development Goals Center for Africa (SDGC/A) have signed a cooperation deal.

The Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) was signed on Monday by Shinichi Kitaoka, president of JICA, and Belay Begashaw, director general of the SDGC/A, at the JICA headquarters in Tokyo.

The deal is a framework for cooperation, expected to facilitate collaboration between JICA and the SDGC/A to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in Africa through the promotion of innovation and knowledge co-creation partnering with private companies, academia and civil society, according to a statement.

The SDGs were adopted by the United Nations in September 2015.

The SDGC/A is an autonomous non-profit international organisation established in September 2015 in Kigali, Rwanda, by resolution of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), which was commissioned under the auspices of Ban Ki-moon, then secretary-general of the United Nations.

The SDGC/A is meant to promote practical solutions for preparing and implementing SDG-related projects, and mobilise global scientific and technological expertise to work on such efforts.

Monday’s inked deal will facilitate cooperation in achieving, in particular, SDG Goal 2 (Zero Hunger), Goal 3 (Good Health and Well-Being) and Goal 4 (Quality Education for All).

Through the MoC, JICA will also cooperate in gathering and analysing indices to monitor and evaluate progress toward SDGs achievement in Africa.

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