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Press Release

December 15, 2017

JICA Fiji – Ministry of Infrastructure & Transport held International Workshop on "Long-Term Policy and Planning for Maritime Nations"

The three day Workshop on "Long-Term Policy and Planning for Maritime Nations" was held from 13 – 15 December 2017 at Tanoa Plaza in Suva, Fiji, collaborated between JICA and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport.

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The workshop was facilitated by JICA Expert, Mr. Hiroshi Kato who is assigned to the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport as advisor for infrastructure planning and maintenance policy. This was the 2nd international workshop he had organized since December 2016.

The three guest speakers were invited from Japan to share their experience in Maritime development, challenges faced in maritime sector and impact it has on Tourism Development.

PhotoA slide from Dr. H. Kayahara's presentation


PhotoA slide from Prof. Dr. S. Inoue's presentation, lessons learnt from Japan's history and experience of the maritime development which enhanced potential prosperity and benefit from maritime development, and how it should be in the South Pacific region.


PhotoProf. Dr. N. Nishiyama spoke about tourism as one of the most powerful economic engine in the world.
He also led JICA's Grass-root technical cooperation project called [System building for community based heritage management and tourism development in Levuka area in the republic of Fiji] (2014-2017) to cooperate conservation of UNESCO's world heritage site and tourism management.


Besides these speakers from Japan and Mr. Kato, Fiji and Regional participants from Kiribati, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu including shared a wide variety of topics and ideas that each one of them could discuss and learn from each other.

The Workshop highlighted many issues and challenges faced by the maritime island nations and it gave the participants vast knowledge on lessons learnt and experiences shared by the speakers and how best each country could utilize these opportune ideas to revamp long-term prosperity through investment in their maritime infrastructure.

PhotoThe smiley participants (from left are Samoa, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji and Kiribati) with certificates in their hands. It was given to the all participants at the end of the Workshop.


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Mr. Kato had compiled a Booklet on "Jetties and Landings" with the assistance from Ministry of Infrastructure and JICA to provide a guide to the implementation of the policy and also expected outputs for the activities of the maritime sector.

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