May 30, 2018
JICA's cooperation with the Republic of Turkey began in 1959, and since then, many technical cooperation projects have been carried out in major fields such as agriculture, fisheries, energy, disaster prevention and so on. These projects contributed greatly to the development of each sector in Turkey.
The remarkable economic growth in Turkey in recent decades allows the country to reach the level of sharing knowledge with other countries in the region. JICA and TIKA (Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency) had concluded Memorandum of Understanding in 2012, in order to promote the joint technical cooperation projects for the other countries in the region. Currently, JICA and TIKA are actively carrying out Third Country Training Program (TCTP) in Turkey for the development of neighboring countries.
As of May 2018, total 77 TCTP training courses were conducted, and a total of 1094 participants from 34 different countries have been invited to Turkey for the training programs.
The following are some of the examples of the third country training implemented in 2018.
JICA has implemented technical cooperation projects such as "Fish Culture Development Project in the Black Sea" and "Flat Fish Culture Project" with the General Directorate of Fisheries and Aquaculture of the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock (MoFAL) in Turkey. These projects have greatly contributed for the development of aquaculture technology in Turkey. After the completion of those projects, JICA and TIKA cooperated with MoFAL to conduct TCTP for other countries to spread aquaculture technology which was transferred from Japan during the project. In 2018, the training has been held for the participants from Central Asia and Azerbaijan. It helped them in acquiring knowledge and skills through practical way.
Inspection of Aquaculture production site in Turkey
The closing ceremony with the participants from 5 Central Asıan countries
In Central Asia, there are many countries that have just started to invest the aquaculture farming. So, they need to acquire various knowledge and technics. The participants who learned the technics and experiences in this training were very satisfied, and they would like the Turkish and Japanese experts to come and visit their countries in order to check and advice the method applying in the field.
The director of the Turkish aquaculture department encouraged them when he awarded a certificate of completion to each participant at the closing ceremony;
"In Turkey, the marine-aquaculture had just began around 1985. However it has grown rapidly in the short term with the support of Japan. Even though your countries are the new for the aquaculture, you can develop in a short period of time with your continuous effort. Wish you every success!!"
Turkey is vulnerable to natural disasters such as earthquakes, sharing the similarity with Japan. In this regards, technical cooperation in the field of disaster management between the two countries is particularly very important. JICA has been supporting the Disaster Management Implementation and Research Center of Middle East Technical University (METU) in Turkey, by means of dispatching academic researchers to JICA training in Japan and so on. Since FY 2016, JICA and METU have been implementing the TCTP in the cooperation with TIKA. The program has provided disaster risk management studies to the experts from Bangladesh, Myanmar, Pakistan and the Philippines both academic and practical way.
Inspection of Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency Unit in Turkey
Lecture by the Japanese Disaster Management Expert
The participants were very satisfied with the training curriculum as well as excellent lectures delivered by Japanese and Turkish experts. This excellent training environment allowed the participants of third country training program to gain the sufficient knowledge even in 2 weeks training period. In addition to that, they were able to build the academic human network in this field. It is expected that the action plans, which they made together during the program in Turkey will be implemented in their home countries, will contribute the development of each participating country.
Most of the TCTP is hosted by the post counterpart organizations of JICA technical cooperation projects implemented in the past, as they became the leader to share the development experience to other countries.
The followings are some advantages of the TCTP programs;
We believe TCTP program brings peace and friendship to the region in the future.
JICA is not only giving the guidance of making training curriculum and know-how for the operation, but also providing professional lecturers from Japan for further expertise in the field.
JICA is always support Turkey to be a regional leader by transferring technologies to neighboring countries.