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April 13, 2022

Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV) Programme Contributing to the Tourism Sector

The technical cooperation between Japan and Zimbabwe in the tourism sector continues to grow. Zimbabwe is currently receiving technical cooperation in Community Based Tourism (CBT) from Japan through an expert Mr. Tetsuo Isono who is working with the Ministry of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality. The CBT project is being implemented in Bulawayo, Masvingo, Tengenenge and Gairezi.

PhotoPart of the Community Based Tourism sites that JICA is working with the Government of Zimbabwe to help promote in Bulawayo

The technical cooperation has further been extended to Bulawayo Polytechnic's School of Hospitality and Tourism which is revered for producing top notch tourism and hospitality graduates. The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) through its Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteer programme dispatched a volunteer Tourism and Hospitality Instructor following an application for one by the polytechnic in August 2021.

PhotoJOCV Tourism and Hospitality Instructor, Mr. Daiki Shigetani gives Tourism and Hospitality student at St. Patricks housekeeping tips at the facility in Bulawayo

Mr. Daiki Shigetani has so far spent 7 months at the School of Hospitality and Tourism and is offering his expertise to the department's students. He describes his experience in Zimbabwe as an eye opener and is excited by the commitment shown by both the authorities and the students at the institution. So confident are the authorities in his capabilities that they have entrusted him with responsibilities to help manage St. Patricks Hotel. The hotel was established by the polytechnic to give students practical lessons and in the process, to generate much needed income. Mr. Shigetani's presence is providing students with valuable experience in terms of international goodwill, mutual understanding and expanding their international perspective.

PhotoMinistry of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality officials working with JICA in the Community Based Tourism Project


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