Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) ,
Chief Representative Bangladesh Office
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Mr. Hirata's more than 20 years of experience in the field of development began in the Private Investment and Lending Division of the Overseas Economic Cooperation Fund of Japan (OECF), which he joined in 1989 after earning a B.A. in Law at Keio Gijuku University in Japan. Bangladesh played a prominent role at the start of his career. One of his earliest assignments at the OECF was a Bangladeshi project, the KAFCO fertilizer factory, and his first business trip was to Bangladesh in 1990, as a member of an appraisal and examination team which visited the site at which the factory was to be constructed.Mr. Hirata worked on diverse development projects in Asia and Europe. As representative of the OECF Paris Office between 1995 and 1998, he handled projects in the transitional economies of Central and Eastern Europe, one of which was to start reconstruction projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina just after the Dayton Treaty was signed in December 1995. Mr. Hirata has held a number of senior management positions at headquarters in Japan: Secretary and advisor to the President of Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) from July 2005 to September 2008; Senior Deputy Director General for Accounting, Treasury, Financing Department, in JICA from October 2013 to March 2015; Senior Director General for General Department from 2015 to 2017; and Director General for Knowledge Management in Personnel Department between October 2016 and July 2018. Mr. Hirata became Chief Representative of JICA's Bangladesh Office in August 2018. He greatly looks forward to working for the sustainable development in Bangladesh.