Japanese Aid: Cameroon Requests Expansion

The request was made during the presentation of Japanese-trained Cameroonian students in Yaounde April 10.  

State officials have beseeched authorities of the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to broaden the sphere of bilateral cooperation between Cameroon and Japan beyond development of human resources. The Technical Adviser in the Ministry of Economy, Planning and Regional Development, Christian Abolo and the Secretary General of the Ministry of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, Chantal Mbajon made the call in Yaounde on April 10.

Both personalities were speaking at an event JICA organised to present three Cameroonian beneficiaries of the Japan’s Africa Business Education Initiative for Youth (ABE Initiative). They appreciated the Japan’s support for youth development in Cameroon and Africa and lauded the initiative which, within four years, has trained 18 Cameroonians among 1,071 African students.

Both officials, after noting in separate speeches that the development of human resources is a major element in the national Growth and Employment Strategy Paper, stressed the need for Japan to invest in other sectors in Cameroon such as infrastructure and financing. They enjoined the three students presented at the ceremony to impact their peers and strive to create an impact in the development of Cameroon.

The students, namely John Ebot Besong, Ekote Nelson Nnoko and Micael Myede studied Masters Degree programs and undertook internship programs in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Business Administration and Global MBA respectively in Japan.

They all carried out a power point presentation on their stay in Japan and presented lofty plans they intend to implement in Cameroon. Ebot Besong noted however, that he would be implementing his ambitious plan after obtaining a PhD as he had been offered a chance for further studies in construction of modern engines.

Earlier at the opening of the ceremony, Japanese Ambassador to Cameroon, Kunio Okamura said placement of the trio in major companies like DMM.Com and Nippon Signal, combined with courses in technology armed them with skills and Professional contacts in the fields of industries, engineering, agriculture, and economy, among others.

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