February 8, 2019
All of the ceremony attendants and the participants after the inauguration
Palestine capacity development has been a focus for Indonesia and Japan's development cooperation for promoting peace building. Their commitment and support has been stipulated in the framework of the Conference on Cooperation among East Asian Countries for Palestinian Development (CEAPAD). On the latest CEAPAD meeting in Bangkok in 2018, the countries have shared tentative idea on the three years' focus area of program for Palestine start from 2019.
This Training on Sustainable Fish Farming through the Adoption of Artificial Insemination that will be conducted from 5 to 25 February 2019, is the implementation of CEAPAD Program which is initiated through cooperation (Third Country Training Program) among Indonesia, Palestine and Japan. Singosari National Artificial Insemination Center (SNAIC) of the Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture (MOA), located in East Java will be the main host for the program, supported by the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) as the chair of National Coordination Team for South-South Cooperation (NCT-SSC) as well as Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
Chief Representative of JICA Indonesia Office, Mr. Shinichi Yamanaka.
The program aimed to improve the knowledge and skills in fish farming for the 10 (ten) officials from Palestine Ministry of Agriculture, including provide essential scientific techniques about aquaculture and facilitate on the artificial insemination and breeding techniques. The need of this capacity building is in line with the target for the achievement of Palestine National Agriculture Sector Strategy, specifically to increase fish production and promote aquaculture industry. The training include several field visits and practical activities in different location of East Java such as Malang, Batu, Pandaan, and Situbondo to give the experience needed for fishery technicians on aquaculture management and fish artificial insemination.
The opening ceremony held on Wednesday 6 February 2019 at the C Building, Directorate General for Livestock and Animal Health, Ministry of Agriculture, Jakarta. It lasts for half day, started by the series of remarks from: the Head of SNAIC, Director for Political Section the Embassy of Japan, Chief Representative of JICA Indonesia Office, His Excellency Palestinian Ambassador for Indonesia, Director for Technical Cooperation MOFA, and finally the training officially opened by the Director for Animal Health Indonesian MOA on behalf of Director General of Livestock and Animal Health. The event then concluded with short introduction by the participants from not only central Ministry at Ramallah but also the local agency of Palestine, such as: Jericho and Jenin, and followed by a photo session and souvenir exchange.
In this event, Chief Representative of JICA Indonesia Office explained that SNAIC is JICA's long partner of bilateral cooperation since 1986 and now as asset for international development cooperation. He further stated that this training is implemented based on the previous JICA study on matching need and resources to materialize possible program which discussed at the CEAPAD. The Director for Animal Health Indonesian MOA mentioned that the Ministry of Agriculture welcome the participants to learn in one of their best centers since SNAIC has extensive experiences in sharing knowledge with Kyrgyz, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Nepal, and Palestine as well. Meanwhile, according to the Ambassador of Palestine in Indonesia, the Palestine extend their gratitude for the continue Indonesia's solidarity as well as Japan's strong initiative in taking collective effort for supporting Palestinian development.
Through this training program, it is expected that the capacity of Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture could be enhanced, and finally aquaculture industry in Palestine will be escalated through continue partnership building among Palestine-Indonesia-Japan.