Government officials trained in Japan return home – encouraged to fully utilise the specialised knowledge attained
Twenty-three government officials who participated in various training courses in Japan during 2017, were welcomed back by Ambassador of Japan to Namibia, Hideyuki Sakamoto, this week
The officials were trained in various fields, which included amongst others; ‘Strengthening Business Development’, ‘Market Oriented Export Promotion’, ‘Enhancing SME’s Support Capacity’, ‘Quality and Productivity Improvement’, ‘Sustainable Port Development’, ‘Renewable Energy’, ‘Water Management’, ‘Agribusiness Promotion’, ‘Market-oriented Agriculture’, ‘Quality Improvement of Primary Science Education’ and ‘Strengthening Health Laboratory Techniques’
Sakamoto commended the returned trainees for their diligent participation to the respective training in Japan, and encouraged all to fully utilise the specialised knowledge and upgraded skills acquired in Japan in carrying out respective duties.
The fully-funded training programmes were offered by the government of Japan through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Association for Overseas Technical Cooperation and Sustainable Partnerships (AOTS) as a part of Japan’s technical cooperation to Namibia.
It is in support of Namibia’s efforts for human resource & skills development which is the key in achieving the goals set in the mid-long term National Plans, such as Harambee Prosperity Plan, National Development Plan V and Vision 2030.
Annely Haiphene, Acting Permanent Secretary of the National Planning Commission, extended appreciation to the government and people of Japan for its supports. She further mentioned that the various training courses offered are all in line with Namibia’s development objectives set in its mid-long term National Plans which shows the close relations and cooperation established between two countries.
Kennedy Hamutenya, CEO of NAMDIA, one of the alumni of JICA training who participated in the event, spoke on behalf of the participants, recalling the time he received training in Japan in 1996.
He encouraged the younger training alumni to fully utilise the knowledge, skills and experiences obtained through the training in Japan for respective career development, citing how they have been useful throughout his career development and his contribution to the development of Namibia.
Since the Programme started in Namibia in 1990, close to 300 Namibian officials were trained in Japan to date. In FY 2018, more than 20 officials are set to be trained in Japan.