February 17, 2014
JICA Chief Representative, Mr. Shigeru Sugiyama with Secretary for Department of Transport (DoT), Mr. Roy Mumu welcomed the start of the project together with JICA Project Experts & DoT counterparts.
JICA together with the Department of Transport (DoT) and the stakeholders completed a ‘Kick-Off Meeting' for the Technical Cooperation Project; The Project for Capacity Development of Department of Transport in Port Policy and Administration. This project aims at capacity building of the officials who are engaged in National Port Administration in Papua New Guinea. The National Port Administration in PNG includes several stakeholders; PNG Ports Corporation Ltd (PNGPCL) is the port regulation authority for the declared ports, while the National Maritime Safety Authority (NMSA) is in charge of maritime safety and security. For the success of this project, it is concluded and confirmed for all stakeholders to be involved in the project and work together to train the officials to implement PNG's Port Policy and Administration properly into the future.
The Kick-Off Meeting introduced four (04) Maritime Experts from The Overseas Coastal Area Development Institute of Japan (OCDI) dispatched for this project for the necessary technology and knowledge transfer as concluded under the Record of Discussion (R/D) signed on Tuesday 24th September, 2013.
Mr. Roy Mumu, Secretary of the Department of Transport, together with important counterparts for the project from the department acknowledged JICA and Japanese Government for accepting their request for Capacity Development for improvement of PNG's Maritime Sector.
Mr. Shigeru Sugiyama, JICA Chief Representative emphasized the importance of human resource development of PNG national, and explained the project outputs will be produced by PNG counterparts themselves, whereas Japanese assistance provides teaching/learning manuals, knowledge and skill transfers by various means both on the desk basis and through field works.
The Expert team introduced and highlighted the important outputs of the 3 years project which concludes in 2017. The achievement of the project will see the development of PNG's first ever Port Inventory system and the development of several manuals with regard to Port Policy and Administration's training. Amidst the technology transfer, Training will be effectively implemented continuously through the project at the DoT office, rural port facilities in PNG and also in Japan and in a third country (Philippine).
This kick-off event was well covered by media "Post-Courier", "The National" and "Wantok News".
By: Ms. Martha Wamo, JICAPNG