On February 1, the JICA Cambodia Office held its annual conference of the JICA Alumni of Cambodia (JICA-AC), where about 200 members and alumni gathered together to share inputs for the JICA-AC programmes and activities at the Cambodia-Japan Cooperation Center.
The annual conference was primarily created to gather all members and discuss the challenges, outputs and plans for the upcoming year.
Tanaka Kotaro, senior representative of JICA Cambodia Office, opened the gathering by re-introducing the background of JICA to its new members.
“JICA-AC has been formulated by JICA’s former members who had been in Japan for the training programme organised by JICA in various courses and fields. JICA has received more than 10,000 Cambodian people to train and study in Japan, particularly the government officials who are working in various organisations.
ICA’s training programme aims to develop human resources for Cambodia.”
Mr Kotaro further noted that he is grateful that all the members of JICA “give valuable support, contribution and cooperation to all the social development projects in Cambodia. I have strong hope that this cooperation and relationship will further enhance the strength and create closer friendship among JICA members and alumni. I believe that the alumni will play a significant role in bridging Japan and Cambodia and other JICA members in the Asean region.”
The event was also graced by Dr Sann Vathana, undersecretary of State of the Ministry of Education, who was also an alumnus of the programme. He addressed that, “All members and I strongly believe that JICA-AC will be a center of precious assets of the organisation’s training programmes and will continue to play an important role in Cambodian human resource development. JICA’s training programme has strengthened the research and training capacity of Cambodia year after year.”
Dr Vathana ended his speech with an encouraging tone. “There are so many universities out there that need your presence; many research fields out there that need your inputs and involvement. We all have to bear in mind that everyone here contributes to society and will cast a great influence on every sector in Cambodia and your impact will make a difference in Cambodia’s future.”
JICA is Japan-based organisation that aims to contribute to the promotion of international cooperation as well as the sound development of Japanese and global economy by supporting socioeconomic development, recovery and stability of developing regions.