JICA, gov’t officials conclude training on development strategies

JICA, gov’t officials conclude training on development strategies
South Sudanese government officials and their Japanese counterparts attending the workshop on peacebuilding in Juba (photo credit: Alex Bullen/The City Review)

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has concluded a five-day training program for the government officials on development strategies.

The online training, which ended yesterday in Juba, registered 12 representatives from Western Bahr el Ghazal and Central Equatoria states, the Local Government Board, and the officials from the ministries of finance and federal affairs. 

In his closing remarks, the Chief Representative of JICA in South Sudan Sagara Fuyuki hailed the participants for their commitment to devoting their time to attend the training.

Fuyuki said he was moved by the participants’ thirst for knowledge through fruitful discussions that implied the unwavering vision towards state-building. 

“The purpose of this workshop was to share the Japanese experience regarding recovery from World War II and other natural devastating disasters in terms of local governance,’’ he said. 

“We are hoping that all the participants can obtain new ideas to proceed with your local government administration,” Fuyuki added in his remarks.

He urged all the participants to share the knowledge they have acquired with their colleagues in the government and other organizations to shape a better South Sudan soon.

Fuyuki maintained that despite the shortage of budget and other setbacks, he was optimistic there would be a change in the local governance and recovery of the society through training held by JICA.

“The training would be a great step towards the implementation of the Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS) and capacity building through local governance, as an urgent issue to be addressed to move the peace process forward and service delivery to the people,’’ he remarked.

He advised that the local government build mutual trust within the community by applying the skills acquired from the training. 

The diplomat vowed that JICA would continue to support the local governments and the national government through training. 

Fuyuki hinted that they had other proposals that once accepted, JICA would coordinate with the government of South Sudan to start the projects.

The chairman of the Local Government Board, Clement Khamis Komoyagi, revealed that both Japan and South Sudan had suffered adding that the South Sudanese struggle towards reconstruction and development was what Japan underwent making it exemplary to South Sudanese.

Time to build

“So, we thought that, among the friendly countries, and the international organizations trying to support us, we selected Japan through JICA to come and assist us by formulating projects which are relevant for reconstruction and peacebuilding,” Clement commented.

Clement added that the training was vital for identifying ideas and formulating projects which would contribute to the building and stabilization of this country. He confided that the experiences gained through the training would not go without being appropriately applied towards the development of South Sudan. 

Clement said South Sudan will apply all the relevant experiences in its governance framework by building proper relationships between the government and the local communities.  

He called upon JICA to help in formulating projects that would help in the reconstruction and development of communities and building of peace in the country. He advised participants to use recommendations from JICA during the training to formulate projects which would bring change in the states and local governments. 

JICA is a Japanese government’s development agency that offers developmental assistance to the government of Japan and assists the economic and social growth in developing countries, and the promotion of international cooperation.

Its mission is to bridge the gap between the people of Japan and developing countries through international cooperation by sharing knowledge and experience to build a more peaceful and prosperous world.

Initially, according to the plan, the participants were supposed to travel to Japan to attend but due to the effects of COVID-19, the program was conducted in Juba online.