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JICA Chief seek deepened support to wildlife conservation in Kenya
Date Published: 06 Feb, 2013
Chief representative of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Mr. Hideo Eguchi, has pledged Japanese government’ commitment to deepen its support to Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) operations.
He also announced an increased plan to build capacity for KWS officers and enhance its current Japanese volunteers program to become more useful to both parties.
He was speaking on Monday (February 4, 2013) while he paid a courtesy call on KWS Director Mr. William Kiprono accompanied by a delegation from the JICA Kenya office.
On his part, Mr. Kiprono, noted that KWS is committed to wildlife conservation for humanity. He lauded the Japan Overseas Cooperation Program (JOCV) as a good program that has contributed immensely in the area of Conservation Education. The director requested JICA to consider supporting KWS by upgrading the equipment at its Multi Media unit to be in tandem with current state of technology.
Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCVs) is a bilateral program between Kenya and Japan governments where the later dispatch Japanese volunteers in various sectoral areas operated by JICA. The program is aimed at providing technical assistance in developing countries. In principle, JOCVs spend two years involved in cooperation activities, living and working with people in the community.
Seven volunteers are currently deployed in KWS in a various field of operations. 85 volunteers have since been working at KWS in 20 years old partnershi