Government officials benefit from training in Japan

22 Feb 2018 07:40am
WINDHOEK, 22 FEB (NAMPA) - More than 20 government officials have completed various training courses in Japan since last year.
The training took place from April 2017, with the duration of courses varying from 10 days to 10 weeks in various fields such as strengthening business development, market-oriented export promotion, renewable energy and agricultural promotion, amongst others.
The training is fully funded by the government of Japan through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Association for Overseas Technical Cooperation and Sustainable Partnership.
Welcoming the participants back to Namibia on Wednesday, Japan’s Ambassador to Namibia, Hideyuki Sakamoto said the programme forms part of the two countries’ technical cooperation and supports Namibia’s human resource and skills development efforts.
“The programme will assist the government in achieving goals set in mid to long term national plans such as the Harambee Prosperity Plan, the fifth National Development Plan and Vision 2030,” the ambassador said.
Sakamoto said good governance depends on human resources in the various ministries.
He also expressed hope that a JICA alumni association will be created for former trainees to get to know each other and share their experiences.
JICA Namibia Country Director, Shiro Nabeya said they do plan to introduce a JICA alumni association and encouraged all former participants to join the association once it is formed.
Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Economic Planning, Annely Haiphene urged the trainees to plough what they have learned, back into their institutions.
“The programmes are in line with our national development objectives, which means the government of Japan is helping us achieve our national developmental objectives,” she said.