March 5, 2021
Ex-participants of training programs sponsored by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), held their Annual General Meeting (AGM) on March 5, 2021 under the auspices of their association, the JICA Alumni Association of Tanzania (JATA).
The association's Annual General Meeting was graced with the online participation of H.E. GOTO Shinichi, Ambassador of Japan to Tanzania and Mr. YAMAMURA Naofumi, the Chief Representative of JICA Tanzania Office.
Addressing the meeting, the Ambassador of Japan urged JATA members to continue playing an important role to find Tanzania's original way of development and make the country more economically independent and thus enable it gain a splendid stage in the world.
On his part the Chief Representative of JICA Tanzania encouraged JATA members to keep on utilizing the knowledge and experience they obtained from Japan or elsewhere for the country's development, underscoring that this was the core objective of JICA's training programs.
Cognizant of the prevalence of the dreaded Covid-19 in many parts of the world, this years' AGM of the Association was held with a difference. While 35 members physically attended, 10 others participated through on-line technology, thus explaining how innovative the association had become.
Many issues were discussed at the AGM, however most of the issues centred on experience sharing but specifically on how the ex-participants could share and utilize the knowledge and skills they acquired from the training programs. In this regard, they resolved to hold a Public Relations activity in Zanzibar later this year during which they would explain their activities to the general public there.
Moreover, the members also resolved to visit several JICA - supported projects in the country thus enhancing the friendship between the people of the two countries. JICA currently supports a number of projects including the Project for Widening of New Bagamoyo Road in Dar es salaam, the Project on Strengthening Manufacturing Enterprises through Quality and Productivity Improvement (KAIZEN) Phase 2, the Project for Development of Malindi Fish Landing and Marketing Facilities in Zanzibar, the Project for Strengthening DADP Planning and Implementation Capacity through Use of SHEP approach etc.
This year's AGM took place one day after JICA organized a networking event which brought together some members of the Japanese private sector and ex-participants of JICA training programs. About 20 participants joined the event physically and about 13 others joined the event on-line. This number includes persons who attained their Masters' degree courses in Japan through the African Business Education (ABE) Initiative Program and others who attended short and long - term programs in Japan and in other countries.
JICA's Training Program
JICA offers a variety of training programs in Japan through the "Knowledge Co-Creation Program" (KCCP) which is a form of technical cooperation. KCCP is composed of "Group and Region Focus Program", "Country Focus Program", "Young Leaders Program" and "ABE Initiative Programs". Annually JICA offers to Tanzania more than 60 short courses. This year, due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, most of the training programs were conducted on-line. Although this is quite a new experience for both organizers and participants, the training programs received positive feedback from the participants. Ex-participants of JICA training programs include: some Ministers, Permanent Secretaries, Regional Administrative Secretaries, District Executive Directors, etc.
What is JATA ? (JICA Alumni Association of Tanzania)
JATA is an association which brings together all ex-participants who had opportunity to study in Japan or in other countries under the sponsorship of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), which is the implementing agency of Japan's Official Development Assistance (ODA). JATA organizes activities which link its members. Such activities include workshops, seminars, public relations activities, site visits to JICA supported projects etc.
Currently the association boasts of a membership of more than 4,500 who are engaged in both the public and private sectors.
For further information about JATA, please follow the link below:
JICA Alumni Association of Tanzania
For more information, please contact:
Ms. Evona Mathew
JICA Tanzania Office, P.O. Box 9450, Dar es salaam
Tel: 0682 216089: Email: Mathew-Evona@jica.go.jp