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  • The Japanese Government initiated Official Development Assistance in Papua New Guinea. The first Japanese ODA project in PNG was a grant aid project through which the National Fishery Training College was constructed in Kavieng.
  • Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) was established (click here for JICA history).
  • The first PNG trainee participated in a technical training program in Japan. The purpose of the training was to improve trainee's commerce and marketing skills.
  • The first technical cooperation project was implemented in PNG. The project aimed at developing sustainable woodland in Madang to support and strengthen the livelihood of the local people.
  • The first Japanese yen loan projects were implemented in PNG. Both the Wabag Water Supply Project and the Goroka Sewerage Facilities Construction Project were implemented at the same time.
  • The first batch of Japanese Overseas Cooperation Volunteers arrived in PNG. This led to the establishment of the Volunteer Coordinator's Office to oversee their activities
  • JICA PNG Office officially launched in PNG.
  • JICA PNG Office was relocated to the Garden City Building in the Boroko area.
  • JICA PNG Office was relocated to the Pacific Place Building in the Town area.
  • The new JICA launched in October. The former JICA merged with the development assistance section of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC).


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