[ 2010-06-03 ]
The opening ceremony of Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology (E-JUST) of JICA’s leading projects in Egypt was held in June 3 rd , 2010. It was attended by Dr. Ahmed Nazif, President of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Mrs. Sadako Ogata, Minister of Higher Education, Dr. Hani Helal, Minister of International Cooperation, Mrs. Fayza Abul-Naga, Chairman of Board of Mitsubishi Corporation, Mr. Mikio Sasaki, Ambassador for Science and Technology, Mr. Akihiko Furuya, Japanese Ambassador of Japan to Egypt, Mr.Kaoru Ishikawa and other Egyptian Ministers and High officials
[ 2010-06-01 ]
President of Japan International Cooperation Agency, Ms. Sadako Ogata, embarked on a 4-day visit to Egypt from June 1 st until June 4 th , 2010.
During her visit, Mrs. Ogata had meetings with the First Lady, Mrs. Suzane Mubarak where they talked about development issues in general and the Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology (E-JUST) in particular.
Mrs. Ogata also had number of meetings with top officials and prominent persons included; Prime Minister, Dr. Ahmed Nazif, Minister of Higher Education, Dr. Hani Helal, Minister of International Cooperation, Mrs. Fayza Abul-Naga, Alexandria Governor, Gen/ Adel Labib and Director of Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies, Dr. Gamal Abdel Gawad Solan and others.
Mrs. Ogata visit included several activities toped by attending the opening ceremony of Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology (E-JUST), visiting the construction site of E-JUST. In addition to that she visited some of JICA projects in Egypt such as the New Borg Al-Arab Airport and the Conservation Center of the Grand Egyptian Museum project.
[ 2010-04-27 ]
On April 27, 2010. H.E Minister of Electricity and Energy, Dr. Hassan Younis and H.E Ambassador of Japan in Egypt, Mr. Kaoru Ishikawa will inaugurate the "120 MW Wind Power Plant in Zafarana" which is financed by soft loans from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) amounting 150 Million USD equivalent. The opening will be attended by Gen/ Saif Eldien Galal, Suez Governor, Mr. Nobuhiro Ikuro, Chief Representative of JICA Egypt Office and Eng. Abdel Rahman Salah, Executive Chairman of NREA.
[ 2010-03-30 ]
On March 15,2010, Exchange of Notes (E/N) between Governments of Egypt and Japan for a Japanese ODA loan amounting 38.864 billion yen for the Gulf of El Zayt Wind Power Plant Project. The finance is provided with very soft lending terms that are offered under the Japanese government initiative of "Cool Earth Partnership" announced in 2008 to support the energy conservation, renewable energy and mitigation of climate change.
The Government of Egypt was represented by Minister of International Cooperation, Mrs. Fayza Abulnaga and the Government of Japan was represented by Japanese Ambassador in Egypt, Mr. Kauro Ishikawa. The signing of E/N was witnessed by Prime Minister, Dr. Ahmed Nazif and Minister of Electricity Dr. Hassan Younis.
Meanwhile, on March 30, 2010, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) represented by Mr. Nobuhiro Ikuro, Chief Representative of Egypt Office signed the loan agreement of the project with the New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA), represented by Eng. Abd El Rahman Salah El Din, the Executive Chairman.
[ 2010-03-23 ]
JICA Volunteers held a workshop in Boulak Community Center where one of JICA Volunteers serving. The workshop addressed Egyptian women and it aimed at teaching them how to use local material in making handicrafts.
[ 2010-03-14 ]
On March 14, 2010 Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) held a Workshop on Photographic Documentation for the conservators of the Grand Egyptian Museum Conservation Center (GEM-CC) from 14 th - 25 th March. In the two week long workshop, two Japanese experts in conservation and a professional artifact photographer provide lectures on functions of camera and the peripheral equipment, lighting and image processing at the Conservation Center, which is to be officially open in the near future. The workshop participants also have practical training on photographic documentation using real artifacts in the Saqqara storeroom. The opening ceremony was held on March 14, 2010 at the Grand Egyptian Museum Conservation Center with attendance of H.E Mr. Kaoru Ishikawa, the Ambassador of Japan to Egypt.
[ 2010-03-11 ]
JICA Alumni Association/Egypt held a seminar on Climate Change attended by JICA Alumni members, JICA staff and press people. The seminar was opened by welcome speeches for Mr. Ikuro Nobuhiro, Chief Representative of JICA Egypt office, Dr. Waheed Imam, Head of Egyptian Environmental NGO's and Eng. Mohamed Magdy, Chairman of JICA Alumni.
The lecturers were Dr. Mohamed El Qaisouny, Tourism Minister Advisor for Environmental Affairs, Dr. Samia El-Marsafawy, Deputy Director of Agrometerology and Climate Change Unit at Agricultural Research Center and Dr. Monir Wahbah, Advisor of the Central Department for Climate Change at Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency and Dr. Maha Tawfik, Director of Training Sector for Water Resources and Irrigation – Ministry of Water Resource and Irrigation
[ 2010-03-01 ]
On March 1 st , 2010. JICA Volunteers held training of trainer's seminar in the field of nursery education in Banha which comes in the framework of the minutes of understanding titled "Improvement of Activity Based Child Care in Nursery for 0-4 Years old".
[ 2010-02-18 ]
On 18 th of February, 2010 JICA Volunteer in Egypt held a workshop on Nursery care education in collaboration with Family and Childhood Department affiliated to Directorate of Social Solidarity in Suez.
This workshop aimed at providing local nursery teachers with important tips and expertise on dealing with infants of different ages from three months to two years old so that they could improve their daily programs.
The main objective of dispatching JICA Volunteers in the field of Nursery education is enhancing the capacity of nursery teachers in Egypt through applying singing, games, physical exercise and producing playthings.
[ 2010-01-09 ]
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) organizes a field trip to Egypt for 10 Japanese teachers from elementary and high schools in Hokkaido prefecture of Japan from Jan. 9 th to 19 th , 2010.
This visit comes in the framework of international cooperation and culture exchange between Egypt and Japan. It aims at observing JICA projects as well as Japanese volunteer’s activities in Egypt in the fields of Street children; people with special needs, Nursery education, Health,….etc.
[ 2009-12-17 ]
JICA Alumni Association (JAA) organized on 17 th of December 2009, a field visit to Suez Canal University in Islamia on the spot light of JAA activities to strengthen Egyptian, Japanese friendship ties.Mr. Kazoe Mitsuhiko ,Senior Representative of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)/Egypt Office, Eng. Mohamed Magdy, JAA Chairman , JAA’s members were received by Prof. Mohamed A. Mohamedien Vice President of Suez Canal University for Post graduate studies and research affairs.
Mr. Kazoe and Prof. Mohamed A. Mohamedien reviewed the history of cooperation between JICA and Suez Canal University.
[ 2009-10-26 ]
The Kick-Off Meeting for this Research Project was held on 26th October, 2009 and it is hosted by Prof. Dr. Hossam Kamel, President of Cairo University, Minister of Higher Education and State for Scientific Research, HE Prof. Hany Helal and on the other hand, H.E Mr. Kaoru Ishikawa, Ambassador of Japan, and JICA/Egypt Chief Representative Mr. Nobuhiro Ikuro and Prof. Dr. Ezzaldin Abusteit, Dean of Faculty of Agriculture, Cairo University attend the meeting to celebrate the official launch of the project.
[ 2009-09-16 ]
JICA/Egypt celebrates with the Egyptian International Center for Agriculture (EICA) and the Egyptian Fund for Technical Cooperation with Africa (EFTCA) the closing of the course on Rice Cultivation Techniques (For Extension Workers) on September 16th 2009.
The closing ceremony attended by Chief Representative of JICA/Egypt Mr.Ikuro Nobuhiro, General Secretary of EFTCA Ambassador/Fatma Galal and EICA General Manager Mr. Mahmoud Alrafai.
[ 2009-08-26 ]
On 26 th of August a delegation from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) /Egypt Office Headed by Mr. Kazoe Mitsuhiko Senior Representative of JICA/Egypt Office made a courtesy visit to H.E Gen/ Adel Labib Governor of Alexandria.
The visit aimed at introducing JICA activities to the Governor specially Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteer (JOCV) Program in Egypt.
The delegation also presented for H.E Adel Labib some data on JICA Volunteers in Alexandria Governorate. Eight JOCVs working in Alexandria Governorate in the fields of Special Education, Sports activities, Youth Activities, Fine Arts, Judo, Pottery making and Home Arts
[ 2009-07-28 ]
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) expert team held a two-day workshop on 28 th and 29 th of July 2009 at Fayoum under the spot light of JICA’s projects “The Promotion of School Health Services in Upper Egypt”. The workshop aimed at discussing and developing the achievable school action plan of school health activities in each 20 pilot schools in Tammia district.
It was attended by JICA expert team, representatives from Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and Health Insurance Organization as well as school health personnel of twenty pilot schools in Tammia including (School Manager, Health visitor, Social worker and Teacher).
“The Promotion of School Health Services in Upper Egypt” project is a 5-year project focuses on strengthening school health services in Tammia, Fayoum Governorate in four areas: the monitoring/ supervision system, service delivery, human resources and supportive activities in collaboration with the community.
[ 2009-07-22 ]
On 22 nd July 2009, Mr. Ikuro Nobuhiro the Chief Representative of the JICA Egypt office presented 600 copies of a picture book about Red Sea Marine Life to the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency in Maadi. The book was authored by the Japanese volunteer Mr. Watanabe Takahisa, a specialist in monitoring and analyzing marine creatures. The volunteer worked at the EEAA Hurgada branch office for 2 years form March 2007.
The gift received by The Chief Executive of EEAA Dr. Mawaheb Abu El Azm and the Under Secretary General Osama Abd Elsalam Head of Central Department for Cooperation, International Relations and Technical Support.
[ 2009-06-15 ]
JAA (JICA Alumni Association) held seminar on Epidemiology of Swine and Avian Flu on June 15, 2009 at JICA/Egypt Office and it was attended by JAA’s members and some guests from Embassy of Japan and JICA staff (Japan International Cooperation Agency).
JAA invited Dr. Mona Mehrez (Head of Animal Health Research Institute) and Dr. Monir Abdullah ( Expert from Preventive Health Department – Transitional Diseases Control Section at Ministry of Health) to be the lecturers.
Dr. Mona Mehrez started her presentation by classification of Influenza viruses which is divided into 3 types as following: Influenza virus A (Humans – Horses – Pigs – Birds – Marine mammals), Influenza virus B (Humans) which known as seasonal influenza and Influenza virus C (Swine Human).
Then Dr. Mona talked about transmission and carriers of H5N1Virus (Avian Flu) and the wrong practices of the people which could increase the transmission of the virus, and she asserted on the importance of training and awareness program which is holding Ministry of Health targeting religious men, Media, Shura council members and representatives from Ministry of Interior who in turn will participate in increasing the public awareness.
Total Positive H5N1 human cases in Egypt are 80 (27 deaths – 50 recovered – 3 under treatment) 77 cases of them backyard owners, 2 cases farm workers and 1 case vendor, she added.
Dr. Monir Abdullah introduced H1N1 Virus (Swine flu), means of infection and symptoms of the H1N1 virus in people which is similar to symptoms of seasonal flu include fever, headache, sore throat, cough, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches, fatigue and stomach symptoms ( specially in children). He also explained means of protection from Swine Flu.
[ 2009-06-07 ]
The Japan International Cooperation Agency [JICA]and Embassy of Japan in collaboration with The Agriculture Mechanization Sector of Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation celebrated on June 7, 2009 the inauguration of the new Agriculture Mechanization Center in Damanhour and the procurement of tractors of combine harvesters under the grant assistance offered by Japan.
The inauguration of the center attended by H.E Minister of Agriculture and Land reclamation Mr. Amin Abaza, H.E Governor of Behira General. Mohamed Sayed Sharawy and from Japanese side H.E Japanese Ambassador Mr. Kaoru Ishikawa and Chief Representative of JICA- Egypt Office Mr. Nobuhiro Ikuro.
The Agricultural Mechanization Station in Damanhour has been developed into a new modernized Agricultural Mechanization Center (AMC) by establishing Training Center and Central workshop in addition to the former Hiring Service through the provision of equipments and construction of necessary facilities.
This project is funded by the Government of Japan and supervised by JICA. The construction works in this center started on Nov. 26, 2007 and finished on Oct. 19, 2008 with a cost of 790 million Japanese Yen (equivalent around 45 million LE).
JICA in collaboration with Embassy of Japan assisted smooth implementation of the construction work through being consulted by contractors.
[ 2008-10-01 ]
In the framework of Japan's endeavors to improve the efficiency of its official development assistance operations, the Japanese Diet has promulgated a law on November 8th, 2006 stipulating that the Overseas Economic Cooperation Operations of Japan Bank for International Cooperation, including the Bank's Operations involving the Japanese Official Development Assistance Soft Loans, will be succeeded by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), effective October 1st, 2008. JICA will therefore add these new activities related to Soft Loans to its current activities related to Technical Cooperation; thus becoming a provider of integrated and comprehensive Official Development Assistance to Japan's International Cooperation partners.
In application of the law in question, The Egypt Offices of both organizations shall merge into one single office under the name of "Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Egypt Office"; effective October 1st, 2008. This single office shall perform all the tasks and duties currently carried out by both JICA Egypt Office and JBIC Egypt Office. After this integration New JICA became The World’s Largest Bilateral Aid Agency . The address of the new office shall be "8th floor, World Trade Center Building, 1191 Corniche El Nile, Boulak, Cairo".
[ 2006-10-2 ]
Active participation in the Seminar Active participation in the Seminar Currently, total of 15 JICA Volunteers are engaged in teaching Japanese language in the Middle Eastern countries (Jordan, Syria, Morocco, Yemen and Turkey). These volunteers visited Egypt from 4 to 8 September, 2006 to participate in 2 day "Middle East Japanese Language Seminar" organized by The Japan Foundation, Cairo Office.
The Seminar has been organized annually since 2000 for the purpose of strengthening the capacity of Japanese Language Teachers (both native and non-native speakers) working in the Middle Eastern countries as well as to exchange dialogues with related people. At the Seminar, 2 Japanese language professors facilitated the discussion focusing on the best methods in teaching Japanese language to non-native speakers. They sited the common problems derive from the cultural differences and different ways of expressions. The JICA Volunteer Japanese Language Teachers briefly presented their experiences in each country.
The following 2 days, JICA Egypt Office organized a regional meeting for JICA Volunteers Japanese Language Teacheres and their counterparts to exchange views concerning the concept of teaching Japanese language and teaching strategy in each country. Participants from Morocco and Jordan JICA Office made presentations at the meeting. A half day visit to Sakkara, one of the famous tourist sites in Egypt near Cairo was organized by Ms. Keiko Ueno, a Japanese Language Teacher volunteer assigned in the Faculty of Tourism & Hotels, Helwan University. Her students giuded the visit with their guiding competence.
On 8 September 2006, JICA TV Conference connected with JICA Headquarters in Tokyo presented techniques to all JICA participants on how to pursue technical cooperation in teaching Japanese language by taking the situation of different countries into consideration. Technical Advisors in Tokyo gave advice and comments to the participants at the JICA TV Conference.
[ 2006-7-4 ]
Hand-in-hand, we build a nursery teachres' network.
As one of the major JOCV programs in Egypt, pre-school education has been a popular field to send JOCV volunteers. In fact, many countries in Middle-East have been receiving JOCV volunteers as nursery teachers. Regional Seminars on nursery teachers were organized with concept to share and learn from each other among participants of different countries to seek for the ways of how to improve the teaching skills and to tackle problems and difficulties.
The first seminar was held in Syria in September 2004, inviting volunteers working in Jordan and Egypt to discuss about issues and problems of working at pre-schools, followed by the second seminar held in Jordan in July 2005 with volunteers from Morocco, Syria and Egypt. In the second seminar, the participants came up with strategic plans to overcome their problems.
In June 2006, JICA Egypt Office hosted the third and the final seminar inviting JOCV nursery teachers and their counterparts from Syria, Jordan and Yemen. The final seminar was held in Cairo from 5th to 7th of June 2006 with 82 participants. The opening ceremony was graced by the opening speech of H.E.Dr. Ali Moselhi, Minister of Social Solidarity who presented visions and future plans to improve pre-school education system in Egypt. The ceremony was well attended and the invited guests included government officials and local mass media. TV crew and reporters interviewed many participants to draw their ideas on the seminar and teaching methods for pre-school age children both in Japan and Middle-East.
During the seminar, participants from four countries exchanged their country's pre-school education systems and their emerging problems through discussions and activity-based workshop programs. They also visited one of the well-known pre-schools in Egypt outside of Cairo to observe the ways how the program is operated. Prior to the seminar, colorful hands-on resource books for pre-school education which contain various ideas and techniques for the use of nursery teachers by introducing songs, hand crafts, different plays and other activities both in Japanese and Arabic language were prepared and provided for the participants.
The seminar ended with full of new ideas shared among participants. It helped the participants expand their scope of work and the learning will surely be applied to their daily activities once they return to their pre-schools. The seeds planted throughout the seminar are expected to bear fruits in their own ways.
[ 2006-7-3 ]
Meeting with Prime Minister of Egypt, Dr.Nazif
From 20th to 22nd of May, 2006, the World Economic Forum (WEF) was held in Sharm El Sheikh, a famous tourist city located in southern part of Sinai Peninsula where the President of JICA, Ms. Ogata, was invited and attended the meeting.
During the WEF, the President had individual meetings with Egyptian prominent persons including Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, Minister of International Cooperation, Minister of Foreign Trade and Industry, Minister of Transport, Secretary General of Arab League and Director of Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies.
Taking the occasion of staying in Egypt, she visited three projects' sites assisted by JICA, Foreign Trade Training Center (FTTC), Egyptian Export Promotion Center (EEPC), and the Specialized Pediatric Hospital of Cairo University where she observed training for Iraqi doctors and nurses under "Trilateral Medical Cooperation".
Ms. Ogata accompanied by Mr. Nakagawa, Director of Middle-East and Europe Department had a meeting with all JICA Egypt Office staff and exchanged ideas and views on JICA program operations. She emphasized the idea of new JICA as field initiative and the important roles of the national staff who could assist in applying the JICA's assistance to their own country's economic and social development by using their human network and experience grounded in the country's social and political situation.
Ms. Ogata who had been the UN High Commissioner for Refugees for 10 years since 1991 also had a meeting with UN agencies' staff based in Cairo and shared her ideas on humanitarian assistance and development. The participated agencies were UNHCR, UNFPA, UNDP, WFP, UNIC, ILO, UNICEF, ICRC and World Bank.
Representatives of Japanese Press working in Cairo were invited to the press conference with Ms. Ogata and asked questions on the issues related to the JICA's assistance to Egypt, Palestine and other areas of Middle-East region. She answered to each questions in addition to providing her views on the outcome of the discussions during the WEF in Sharm El Sheikh.
[ 2006-6-4 ]
Iraqi trainees checking the patient's heart
After the war in Iraq, the international community has been undertaking the task of rebuilding the Iraqi infrastructure, but, the security situation has not yet been settled. JICA supports human development in collaboration with Iraq's neighboring countries. In Egypt, JICA started Third Country Training Program for Iraqi doctors and nurses in March 2004.
In the second phase of the program, its main objective is to build teams of doctors and nurses working at the same hospitals by providing domestic and cascade training in TOT style that aims at developing the core medical personnel in Iraq to support the reconstruction of their country in the medical field. During the first phase of the course that ended in 2005, 447 Iraqi doctors and nurses were trained for a period of one month in coordination with Cairo University, Faculty of Medicine. But, this time the number of participants was reduced to 30 who are more specialized medical personnel and the training period became longer than the first phase. The three months training was designed to deliver more effective and extensive impact.
In an interview we had with the trainees and an Egyptian training coordinator, following comments were given.
Dr. Hesham El Saket of Cairo University, the coordinator of the training said that the trainees this time are very competent and posses leadership skills as they went through competitive screening process. A course leader who is specialized in Pediatric Oncology from Mosul, Iraq, commented that the course was more concentrated on lectures and the trainees this time would be prepared to provide the similar trainings to their colleagues once they return to Iraq. She requested to the coodinator to organize a visit for trainees to the Children Cancer Department at the University of Assiyut as the hospital serves to a vast area in Upper-Egypt and receives many cancer disease cases. Another trainee who is specialized in the Intensive Care said the training was excellent and he wished to continue the same level of training to be continued. He considers the training is a great opportunity to visit many hospitals in Egypt to get more ideas about the medical equipments being used here and the patients' different conditions.
Another course leader who is specialized in Pediatric Surgery working at the Medical City of Baghdad, Children Welfare Teaching Hospital said that the doctors in Iraq were still restricted to undertake their medical activities freely due to security reasons.
[ 2006-6-4 ]
Demonstration of Aikido
10 years have passed somce the Japan Overseas Volunteers' Program started it's operation in Egypt. JICA Egypt Office celebrated the anniversary at the Opera House in Cairo on Wednesday, May 17th 2006. The invited guests included H.E. Amb. Kunihiko Makita, Ambassador of Japan to Egypt, H.E. Amb. Mona Khashaba, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for the International Cultural and Scientific Relations, Dr. Randa Rizk, the Media Advisor for the Ministry of Social Solidarity.
The Resident Representative of JICA Egypt Office, Mr. Shigeru Okamoto expressed in his speech his hope that the volunteers would form a bridge between two countries. The Ambassador of Japan to Egypt, Mr. Kunihiko Makita graced the occasion held in the Opera House which was built by Japanese assistance. He praised the young Japanese volunteers who are the very important actors to pave the ways to assist in development of Egypt through transferring their hands-on skills.
Following welcome remarks, presentations were held by three representatives from partner agencies namely, Tofulty Foundation, a NGO providing care and support for street children, Village of Hope, a NGO supporting for mentally challenged young people and a representative from Ministry of Social Solidarity. Their presentations were accompanied by JOCV volunteers and gave audience concrete ideas on the activities of parnter agencies and volunteers. Demonstration of Aikido group taught by Senior Volunteers was a lively example of Volunteer assistance and it spiced up the ceremony before closure.