He spoke of his country’s unwavering commitment to the project on Friday April 27, 2012, at a Grant Signing and Notes Exchange ceremony between the Governments of Japan and St. Kitts and Nevis, at Gallows Bay in Charlestown.
“JICA has strongly decided to continue our efforts to contribute mutual understanding and development in the world. In that regard, I promise that this project will be completed successfully without any delay and trouble and deliver it to you on time,” he said.
Mr. Ozawa explained that JICA had worked with St. Kitts and Nevis and for the past 30 years they were mindful of people to people and face to face cooperation. In so doing, they had invited personnel from various sectors to Japan for JICA’s technical training programme and shared experiences and knowledge.
“So far, over 50 personnel from your country have utilised this programme and they have established an alumni association for taking advantage of their experience in Japan for this country,” he said.
The Organisation’s Chief Representative further explained, that JICA had emphasised collaboration with the Fisheries Departments through projects which included the construction of fisheries centres and fish markets in Basseterre and Old Road (St. Kitts), which had contributed to economic growth because of the excellent management of those facilities.
He added that the Organisation had also dispatched JICA fisheries experts in fisheries extension, for the provision of further technical training assistance to fishers in acquisition of the relevant gear, equipment and methods technology.
“According to the Budget Address in 2012, it is reported that fish landings increased by 29.8 percent to 394, 390 pounds with a value of $3.9 million, when compared to the same period in 2010.
“I believe that collaboration between you and JICA people have contributed to that kind of achievement. The Charlestown fisheries centre must be able to lead multiplier for future progress,” he said.
In conclusion, Mr. Ozawa stated he was hopeful that the project would help further solidify the mutual goodwill and friendly relations between St. Kitts/Nevis and Japan.