October 7, 2015
Thirty-six (36) members of the Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers led by His Excellency Masanori Nakano, Ambassador of Japan to Jamaica, paid a Courtesy Call on Wednesday, 7th October, 2015 on His Excellency, the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Linton Allen, ON, GCMG, CD, KSt.J, Governor-General of Jamaica at King's House, in commemoration of the 50th year of the dispatch of Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers to developing countries worldwide.
In Jamaica, the JOCV program started in 1989, and so far about 360 Volunteers have served in Jamaica. They are living in communities and are working together with the local people. Volunteers will continue to play an important role in the sustainable development of Jamaica as they emphasize human resource development and technology transfer of their technical skills to their Jamaican counterparts. Another major role lies in the strengthening of the cordial relationship between Jamaica and Japan.
Sir Patrick Allen extended commendations to the JICA Volunteers on the celebration of their 50th Anniversary, which he said is a significant milestone. He also expressed sincere appreciation for their dedicated service to Jamaica over the past few decades. Jamaicans, Sir Patrick indicated, were very warm towards the Japanese and part of the reason is the fact that Japan has embraced Jamaica and the Jamaican culture. He stated that Japan has shared their expertise with developing countries and he noted that priority has been given to education, environmental management and disaster mitigation. In addition, Sir Patrick remarked that the recent visit of Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Jamaica will cement the relationship and goodwill between our peoples.
Other sectors in which the JICA volunteers have served in Jamaica since 1989, are Health and Welfare, Agriculture and Fisheries, Productivity Improvement, Private Sector Development, Water Resources, Infrastructure Development, Cultural and Sporting activities. Their normal tour of duty is for two years but some JICA Volunteers provide Short-Term service of one to twelve months.