Japan lends human resource help

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New J.I.C.A Volunteers with Acting Ambassador and Counsellor, Tuimaugaoalii Kazumasa Shibuta (3rd from left) of the Japanese Embassy Apia Office and JICA Samoa Office Resident Representative, Toshiaki Tanaka (far right).

New J.I.C.A Volunteers with Acting Ambassador and Counsellor, Tuimaugaoalii Kazumasa Shibuta (3rd from left) of the Japanese Embassy Apia Office and JICA Samoa Office Resident Representative, Toshiaki Tanaka (far right).

Four more volunteers from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (J.I.C.A.) have arrived in Samoa.

The volunteers and their homes are:

• Azusa Shiroma who is working at Aana No. 1 College

• Sayo Suzuki who is working at Fagalii Primary School

• Kohei Kamibayashi who is working at the Judo Association of Samoa

• Rei Kashiyama who is working at the Animal Protection Society

The new volunteers were introduced to Government officials, the Public Service Commission (P.S.C.) and Ministry of Finance during their courtesy visits last week.  

Chairman of P.S.C, Tu’u’u Dr. Ietitaia Taulealo welcomed them to Samoa.

With P.S.C. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Tu’u’u Dr. Ietitaia Taulealo (middle).
With P.S.C. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Tu’u’u Dr. Ietitaia Taulealo (middle).

He shared the importance of J.I.C.A’s volunteer programme in relation to technical cooperation between the two countries, especially the inclusion of a Veterinary to work closely with the Animal Protection Society - with only two qualified local Vets in Samoa.  

The same sentiments were shared by the Ministry of Finance’s representative Rhonda Aumaga.

She spoke about the high demand of teachers needed in Maths and Science subjects, as well as Judo sports to help prepare athletes for the upcoming Commonwealth Games 2018 - Gold Goast, Australia, XVI Pacific Games 2019 - Apia, Samoa and Olympic Games 2020 to be held in Tokyo, Japan.

The group showed their eagerness to work with respective local counterparts and colleagues immediately after completing their in-country programme.  

Samoa now has 33 volunteers currently serving different areas of education, sports, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, health, water, shipping, special needs providers.  

The remaining volunteers, excludes four Senior Volunteers working in agriculture, shipping, special needs, veterinary and whose contract terms ended earlier this week.  They return to Japan this weekend.  

J.I.C.A. volunteers despatched to Samoa is now in its 46th year since it was established in 1972.  

J.I.C.A. Samoa Office in partnership with abovementioned endorsing agencies acting on behalf of Samoa’s government, continues to recruit technical assistance in the form of Japanese volunteers for further development in Samoa.  

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