Japan's Official Development Assistance White Paper 2009
(2) Collaboration between Related Government Ministries and Agencies
The collaboration between related government ministries and agencies includes the Inter-Ministerial Meeting on ODA, the Experts Meeting on Technical Cooperation, and the Experts Meeting on ODA Evaluation. These venues allow for the sharing of information and exchange of views between related ministries and agencies, and the findings are reflected in policies.
At the same time, the Advisory Panel on International Cooperation (Note 49) was established in 2007 in order to utilize the knowledge and findings of external advisors and is composed of academics with specialized knowledge and experience in the field of international cooperation, as well as representatives from the media, business community, and NGOs. In March 2009, the panel submitted a final memorandum to then Foreign Minister Hirofumi Nakasone that summed up future issues. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) is utilizing the discussion and recommendations of these panels to undertake such efforts as expanding assistance to Africa, promote public-private relations, and implement unified assistance via the new JICA.
(49) Based on the report (dated February 2006) of the Study Group on Overseas Economic Cooperation convened under the Chief Cabinet Secretary, the Advisory Council was established to expand discussions following the closure in June 2006 of the Board on Comprehensive ODA Strategy initiated in 2002.