| Japan Ifrastructure Partners (JIP) is a non-profit organization accredited
by the governor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Administration in accorance with
the Japanese NPO law. JIP has also been authorized by Japan's National
Tax Agency as an "Authorized NPO",for which donations,for example,
can be deducted
from income, inheritance or account.
Japan has been one of the major donating countries to the developing countries by means of official development aid (ODA). In the Japanese aid, infrastructure development projects including road, bridge, flood damage mitigation, sewerage and regional planning have been prominently featured. They have been successfully contributing to the advancement in various aspects including economics and living in developing countries.
It may safely be said that Japanese governmental engineers have been largely participating in the infrastructural development assistance through the Japanese aid schemes. Their participation extends to the areas of JICA technical expert, infrastructure development studies, training of foreign engineers, appraisal of projects applied for Japanese financial assistance and secondment to international aid agencies.
The Japanese aid is by its nature executed through direct contacts between recipient governments and the Japanese government. However, due to the recent diversification of social needs, there appear to be cases where more active participation of the private sector either in group or individually on a voluntary basis may be desirable to effectively and/or quickly meet recipient’s needs, as for instance witnessed by the grass root assistance of Japanese ODA.
It is also worth mentioning that because of global political complexity and financial problems on the part of the governments of developed countries, the improvements to infrastructure in developing countries have been increasingly requiring assistance and cooperation from the private sector in developed countries.
|In response to these changes of the environments
surrounding ODA, those who are ex-Japanese governmental engineers and committed
to contribution toward the development of infrastructure in developing
countries, established a non-profit organization “Japan Infrastructure Partners
(JIP) “ in accordance with the Japanese NPO law in February 2006. Its primary objective is to lend a helping hand
to both the public and private sectors in the areas of infrastructure
The members of JIP were positively involved and highly experienced in policies, planning, engineering works related to infrastructure development in Japan. They are also well acquainted with the Japanese aid policies and procedures, thanks to their active participation in various Japanese aid schemes during their services for the Japanese government. We trust JIP could extend technical assistance and advices necessary for developing countries as their partners.
JIP is entirely independent of the public sector and financially stands on its own, with its basic operation expenses covered by membership dues. As such, JIP’s activities are to be performed by its members on a voluntary basis. But by law JIP is entitled to take on professional services at cost and receive donation so as to attain its objective.
Currently JIP has 45 members inclusive its president Mr. KOMURO Akira
|Being a NPO, JIP’s
activities in connection with its technical assistance and advices to
developing countries are primarily performed by making use of its member’s expertise.
As such, it should be noted that some of JIP’s activities aim to produce
adequate materials paving the way for securing external aid including
international or bilateral governmental assistance.
The following are main fields for which JIP members’ expertise is available. However, JIP may try to find appropriate experts specialized in other fields than those below-mentioned so as to meet the needs, as the case may be.
● regional and urban development planning
● highway, bridge, traffic management and control
● water resources development, drainage, sewerage
● flood damage mitigation, landslide prevention
1. Preparation works to apply for Japanese aid;
Collection of relevant information
Assistance to prepare application documents
Preliminary feasibility study;
3. Technology transfer;
Exchange of technology with counterparts
Training of local engineers
4. Exchange of Information and promotion of friendship;
Exchange and dissemination of relevant information Exchange of views with foreign embassies stationed in
Vietnam ： Preliminary Flood Mitigation Plan. A team of JIP made field investigations
in the rural areas which have been suffering from floods of the rivers
running in a central part of Vietnam. The team in consultation with governmental
officials and local people worked out a preliminary flood damage mitigation
plan aiming to be implemented by external aid agencies. In Japan the reports
were presented to JBIC.