BY LYNTON AARON FILIA
JAPAN International Cooperation Agency’s (JICA) 40 years in Solomon Islands has been a legacy for the bilateral relation between Solomon Islands and Japan, providing developments we enjoy.
JICA has supported Solomon Islands with major projects, which include the current infrastructure development of the Kukum highway upgrading.
This year JICA celebrates 40 years of cooperation with the Solomon Islands Government.
Since JICA’s establishment in 1974, they have dispatched more than 400 Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOVC), 300 experts, 600 survey members and 1000 country’s training participants to Japan.
Japan’s government through JICA has spent around 28 billion Yen on grant aid and 12 billion Yen on technical cooperation in Solomon Islands.
JICA Resident Representative Kyoji Mizutani said JICA is spreading its activities in Solomon Islands in order to work with the Solomons people for a better mutual future.
“JICA is working here in Solomon Islands on behalf of the Government of Japan and I would like to emphasise that JICA’s operation is composed of contribution of people of Japan,” he said.
Mr Mizutani explained that JICA’s capital source from which Solomon Islands continues to benefit is the taxes from the Japanese people.
JICA Assistant Representative Mr Shitau Miura said JICA is currently the world’s largest bilateral aid agency working in over 150 countries and region and having nearly 100 overseas offices.
He said its priority area in Solomon Islands are economic infrastructure, industrial promotion, health and medical services, education, disaster risk management and waste management.