JICA in the News

Japan agency commits to lighting up PNG

Japan agency commits to lighting up PNG
(The National, 9 March 2016 (PDF/2.89MB))
JAPAN is committed to creating a "brighter" Papua New Guinea through improved supply of electricity, says Japan International Cooperation Agency chief representative Takashi Toyama.

Madang market construction on target

Madang market construction on target
(Post Courier, 27 November 2015 (PDF/114KB))
The facilities have been Built to be user-friendly For persons who use wheelchairs.

Nadzab will open up Lae

Nadzab will open up Lae
(National, 27 October 2015 (PDF/1.76MB))
JICA and PNG Ambassador to Japan had signed agreements for a K578 million loan for the Nadzab project in Papua New Guinea.

Congratulations Papua New Guinea!

Congratulations Papua New Guinea!
(Post Courier, 16 September 2015 (PDF/1.61MB))
Japan celebrates 40th independence anniversary (introducing Japanese ODA projects in Papua New Guinea).

176 schools to get TV lessons

176 schools to get TV lessons
(National, 5 March 2015 (PDF/454KB))
176 Primary Schools in West New Britain Province will receive TV Lessons courtesy of the EQUITV Programme; a successful Programmes implemented by JICA in coordination with the PNG Government's National Department of Education.

Japan continues to back PNG

Japan continues to back PNG
(National, 2 December 2014 (PDF/3.73MB))
Japan is working closely with PNG for strengthening the foundation of the country’s economic growth.
In line with this, Japan through JICA commence the project for enhancing the capacity of National Port Administration with developing port inventory and the training for surveying port statistics to deal with growing demand and recent trend of modern shipping business for boosting of the economic growth of the country.

PPL power plan

2nd JCC meeting was held for JICA Maritime Transport Project
(National, 25 November 2014 (PDF/3.65MB))
Department of Transport (DoT) and JICA held the 2nd Joint Coordinating Committee (JCC) for “The Project for Capacity Development of DoT in Port Policy and Administration (DoT)” on Wednesday, 19/Nov/2014.
In the JCC, the progress of the project was shared with all committee members and the committee finally approved the 1st year progress report. At the same time, the chairperson of JCC, His Excellency Mr. Roy Mumu OBE - Secretary of DoT, mentioned that the Government of Papua New Guinea (GoPNG) has allocated K1m counterpart funding to the project for 2015’s project implementation.
JICA continues on assistances to achieve the GoPNG’s goal in enhancing capacity of PNG government officials to take managerial role in several sectors. This project aims at implementing national port administration smoothly through the development of capacity of the project team which is specially mobilized by 10 personnel from DoT and PNG Ports Corporation Ltd as a main counterpart.

PPL power plan

Ports engineers back with new ideas
(National, 18 November 2014 (PDF/1.44MB))
Ms. Rose Kaiulo, port engineer of PNG Ports Corporation Ltd (PNGPCL), has returned to PNG after took part in the JICA training on “Sustainable Port Development and Planning” for two (2) months in Japan. This training course contained some lectures from port administrator of Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism and site visits to International and domestic port facilities in Japan.
Through the training, she said that she learned a lot about how Japanese ports are run, the improvement of their ports and government involvement. Finally, she came up with some ideas to deal with technical issues which currently PNGPCL is facing. In addition, she said that the training provided precious learning experience and broadened her knowledge.
JICA is implementing the training program of port development/planning and management for not only PNG’s port engineer but also manager to enhance the overall capacity for national port administration.

PPL power plan

PPL power plan
(National, 5 November 2014 (PDF/227KB))
A PROJECT plan to address issues in the Ramu power system and Lae distribution network has been given to PNG Power Limited and the Government.

Park undergoes rehab

Park undergoes rehab
(National, 5 November 2014 (PDF/1.41MB))
Mr. Gunther Joku, Secretary of Department of Environment and Conservation has signed an Minutes of Meeting with Dr. Motohiro Hasegawa, Senior Environment Advisor of Japanese International Cooperation Agency on the project to rehabilitate the Variarta National Park in Central.
The project is on biodiversity conservation through the implementation of the PNG policy on protected areas. The 5-Year project will begin next year with JICA providing the technical cooperation to strengthen institutional capacity and improve people’s lives.

Japan gives PPL K10m

Japan gives PPL K10m
(Pacific Business Review, 1 November 2014 (PDF/382KB))
JICA has invested K10 million this year to conduct a study to be used by the PNG Power Limited to improve the country’s power supply and distribution networks after the study is completed.

Country in need of qualified engineers

Angoram gets EquiTV
(Post Courier, 17 October 2014 (PDF/182KB))
Enhancing Quality in Teaching through TV (EQUITV) is one of the most successful Programmes implemented by JICA in coordination with the PNG Government's Department of Education. It has spread throughout various parts of the country and due to its popularity, it is now moving into 13 out of 17 schools in the Angoram District of the East Sepik Province.

Country in need of qualified engineers

Country in need of qualified engineers
(National, 5 September 2014 (PDF/835KB))
Mr. John Sitapai, Provincial Works Manager of West New Britain province, is going to take part in the training of “Comprehensive Bridge Engineering” in Japan by JICA. This training course will cover the designing, construction and maintenance of bridges.
He said that there are only few bridge engineers in the country. Due to that, many bridges were left in poor conditions once they were built by contractors. To provide good public service with communities, it is important for Department of Works to train bridge engineers so that maintenance can be carried out before they collapse.
He hopes the knowledge and technique he got from the training will benefit the department and his profession as an engineer serving the people of West New Britain.

Government revives Department of Works

Government revives Department of Works
(Post Courier, 15 August 2014 (PDF/219KB))
Government of PNG is reviving the Department of Works (DoW) with the assistances from the Government of Japan for expanding DoW’s in-house road maintenance works where the contractor is not active, mainly on rural roads. DEI district in Western Highlands Province (WHP) has presented the funds to DoW to cover its in-house operation costs for road works in the district. WHP is the one of four target provinces by JICA’s road maintenance assistance.
DoW could rarely conduct in-house road maintenance work due to the lack of equipment and capacity of DoW staff. For the former issue, JICA provided 48 heavy equipment on 11/March/2014 through Grant Aid assistance. For the latter issue, JICA is doing the capacity development project for enhancing operating and managing capacity of DoW staff with the dispatch of JICA Expert through technical cooperation project. JICA is undertaking comprehensive capacity development for DoW’s in-house road maintenance on both hard and soft components in four provinces.

JICA aids Bukawa roads

JICA aids Bukawa roads
(Post Courier, 30 July 2014 (PDF/351KB))
Education Vice Minister and Nawaeb MP Gisiwat Siniwin said combined support of road maintenance equipment and capacity development will pave the way for the national government to provide resources to bring in new schools, medical clinics and essential government services to raise the socio – economic development of the people.
Bukawa road is located east of Lae town, 25km long and one of pilot (demonstration) sites to be improved under JICA's technical cooperation.

200km of rural roads under Works

200km of rural roads under Works
(The National, 28 July 2014 (PDF/457KB))
On 27 July, Minister for National Planning and Milne Bay MP Charles Abel cuts the ribbon at the ground-breaking ceremony of the Bukawa road maintenance work under JICA's technical cooperation (The Project for Capacity Development on Road Maintenance), using equipment provided through grant aid assistance. The project is aimed at strengthening DOW's capacity for implementing road maintenance by it's in-house workforce. Other than Morobe Province, the project covers Western Highland Province, East Sepik Province and West New Britain Province.

Japan praises Works

Japan praises Works
(Post Courier, 25 July 2014 (PDF/120KB))
JICA commended the government of PNG (GoPNG), most particularly the Department of Works (DoW) for their initiative in revitalizing the Plant and Transport Division in re-fleeting their own construction equipment at the inauguration of pilot project under JICA's technical cooperation (The Project for Capacity Development on Road Maintenance) in Morobe province. JICA also said that JICA is fully supportive of GoPNG and DoW to strengthen its own capacity and equipment to maintain the road for improving rural access.

JICA assists model rice farmers

JICA assists model rice farmers
(Pacific Business Review, 19 July 2014 (PDF/298KB))
JICA's Technical Cooperation Project "Project on Promotion of Smallholder Rice Production" which supports small-scale rice farmers with "farmer to farmer" approach through Department of Agriculture and Livestock (DAL) has gradually seen an increase in the number of local rice farmers and their paddy production, in target provinces of East Sepik, Madang, Manus and Milne Bay.

O'#39;Neill thanks Japan for Support

O'Neill thanks Japan for Support
(Post Courier, 11 July 2014 (PDF/671KB))
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made his official trip to Papua New Guinea from 10 through 12 July, 2014.
Prime Minister Peter O'Neill, when welcoming Japanese counterpart, said Japan's aid to Papua New Guinea is a major contributor to the country’s development agenda.

Thank you JAPAN for your road sector assistance

Thank you JAPAN for your road sector assistance
("The National" and "Post Courier", 10 July 2014 (PDF/489KB))
The Government of Papua New Guinea through its responsible body Department of Works (DoW) expresses her hearty appreciation to JAPAN for various development assistances in the road sector towards Papua New Guinea with using local languages which called "Motu" (Tanikiu badaherea) and "Pidgin English" (Tenkyu tru). The article was published at the occasion of the historical visit by Japanese Prime Minister His Excellency Shinzo Abe to Papua New Guinea.

Schools in Central Province to access EQUITV

Schools in Central Province to access EQUITV
(Post Courier, 2 July 2014 (PDF/362KB))
The Japanese initiated EQUITV mode of learning for both teachers and students is providing to be a success. Yesterday, a small but significant ceremony was held in Port Moresby to mark the distribution of 49 television sets that will be going out to schools in Central Province so that EQUITV program can be accessed by the receiving 49 schools.

Good times for Sepik rice farmers

Good times for Sepik rice farmers
(The National, 22 May 2014 (PDF/829KB))
RICE farmers in the Wosera Gawi district, East Sepik, have noticed a significant increase in yield this year with new farming techniques taught by Japanese experts. Provincial coordinator of small-holder rice farmers project Pius Numbatai revealed that during a field day in the district last Saturday. The experts from the Japan International Cooperation Agency are working with the National Department of Agriculture and Livestock on the rice project.

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