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By RINU SHYYAM
Four volunteers of the Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA) yesterday visited the Permanent Secretary for the Public Service Commission (PSC), Parmesh Chand.
The volunteers were accompanied by the JICA resident representative, Shumon Yoshiara and the director of the JICA Volunteer Programme, Eiji Shibasaki.
Mr Chand said Government was grateful for the ongoing services provided by JICA volunteers in sharing their expertise and experience.
“We are appreciative of the skills that you are going to impart and trust that your stay in Fiji will be an enjoyable experience,” Mr Chand said.
He briefed the volunteers on the role of the PSC and the Fiji Volunteer Scheme.
The volunteers will have a month orientation programme which involves language training in Hindi and iTaukei as well as community living whereby they will be exposed to traditional and cultural practices of the country’s two major racial groups.
Following the orientation, volunteers will begin their two year attachments to the organisations that they have been assigned to.
One of the senior volunteers, Ryuji Okada will be attached with the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) while another, Yoshi Moroi who specialises in aviation engineering will be with the Fiji National University (FNU) College of Engineering, Science and Technology in Nadi.
“During my stay here I plan to share my skills and techniques for disaster management exercises,” Mr Okada said.
“I hope in turn people’s lives and assets can be saved during floods and other natural disasters.”
Kentaro Tanaka will be working at the Suva City Council (SCC) while Daisuke Nagato will be with the Sigatoka education office teaching music, art and physical education.
There are 45 JICA volunteers in the country.