MoU signed with Japan for arsenic mitigation, sustainable construction


DHAKA, March 28, 2018 (BSS) – Bangladesh and Japan signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) here today to conduct joint researches on sustainable construction and mitigation of arsenic from drinking water in the country.

Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR) and Japanese JDC Corporation inked the MoU at a function at the BCSIR seminar room.

BCSIR Secretary Md Khalilur Rahman and JDC Corporation President Takeo Asakura signed the MoU on behalf of their respective sides in the presence of BCSIR Chairman Md Faruque Ahmed.

The researches will be conducted to use the ‘Twister’ and ‘JaPani’ technologies invented by JDC for sustainable construction and mitigation of arsenic from drinking water.

Under the MoU, one mini plant will be set up at an arsenic affected area to test the effectiveness of the ‘JaPani’ Technology in mitigating arsenic from drinking water and another mini plant will be installed on ‘Twister’ technology at a suitable place.

If the technologies bring fruitful results, then measures will be taken to implement those in Bangladesh.

After the signing of the MOU, a seminar on ‘Twister Technology for Sustainable Construction and Arsenic Mitigation from Drinking Water’ at the seminar room of BCSIR here.

BCSIR Chairman Md Faruque Ahmed presided over the seminar that was addressed by Takeo Asakura as the guest of honor.

Addressing the seminar, Asakura expressed his eagerness to work with BCSIR, saying, “Our prime target is to help Bangladesh”.

Bangladeshi people would be benefited from the two technologies as these are suitable for the country’s soil and water, he added.

In his presidential remarks, Faruq Ahmed said the MoU between BCSIR and JDC Corporation will play a vital role in developing researches and technologies.

In the seminar, two keynote papers were presented highlighting the effectiveness of the technologies for sustainable constriction and mitigation of arsenic from drinking water.