Australia and Japan are strengthening their international development partnership with a memorandum of understanding that commits the countries’ aid agencies to work closer in the areas of education, transportation, disaster risk management and infrastructure.
The new partnership, which was signed Dec. 12 by representatives of the Japan International Cooperation Agency and the Australian Agency for International Development, also seeks to increase the exchange of information between the two agencies.
The partnership is focused on JICA and AusAID’s efforts in Asia and the Pacific, where the two agencies already have a strong development and aid presence.
“Australia and Japan share a strong interest in a stable and prosperous Asia-Pacific,” said James Batley of AusAID’s Asia Pacific and Program Enabling Group.
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