JICA shares Japan’s development experiences with Ethiopia

  • Launches ‘JICA Chair Program’ lecture series

 BY TSEGAYE TILAHUN

ADDIS ABABA – The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has shared Japan’s modernization, economic and social development experience and lessons with Ethiopia. Yesterday, JICA in partnership with launched a lecture series.

Speaking at the launching ceremony of a lecture series under the theme ‘JICA Chair Program’ organized in collaboration with Addis Ababa University (AAU), Chief Representative of JICA Ethiopia Office,KatsukiMorihara (PhD) said that JICA has shared Japan’s experience of modernization in education sector and over all development activities of via series of lectures. Japan is modernized and developed country preserving most of its traditional values and cultures.

“We believe that we have many things to share with Ethiopia. And we can be a good reference for other countries that are seeking development in their own country. We have decided to focus on education as it is a core for modernization process via series of lectures. And it relates with everyone’s life directly.”

The process of development which we learnt from the western countries, but never simply copied and pasted their experiences and systems because we know we can work everything in Japan’s context. Japanese always learn and try to modify things to fit the country’s development and society. This is what Ethiopia can share from Japan as we learned from the other countries, he stated.

 As to him, JICA has been working four priority areas such as agriculture development, industry development, improving access and quality of education and infrastructure. To do so, Japan has a system.

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Ethiopia, Takako Ito on her part said that Japan has modernization, economic and social development experiences to share. We have many lessons that can be shared with Ethiopia as both countries having large population exposed to outside world. Sharing knowledge and experience to bring about development keeping the culture and history of the country is decisive.

“Empowering the people will bring a lot of economic, social and other related changes.Japan was a poor country before 1945. Although, it didn’t have ample resources, the new structure it applied completely altered the situation,” she said.

As to the Ambassador, Japan learnt from outside of the world and enhanced its people through education because there is nothing we couldn’t take using the latest technologies and import.

AAU Academic Vice President Emebet Mulugeta (PhD) said that Ethiopia and Japan have a long lasting time economic, education and social cooperation. Ethiopia can draw important lessons from Japan. Ethiopia should achieve sustainable development goals sharing knowledge and experiences from Japan especially in the education sector

The Ethiopian Herald October 28/2021

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