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Japanese company to help region ‘save energy and save money’

Takano Takeshi, director general of Latin America and the Caribbean department at the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

 

Takano Takeshi, director general of Latin America and the Caribbean department at the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), says several projects are being developed by his institution in Caricom states following the visit to the region in July by Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Those projects include co-financing for renewable energy and energy efficency (Core) initiatives. He said that during a presentation to regional journalists at his office in Tokyo yesterday.

 

The projects are being financed by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Inter-American Development Bank and JICA. The agreement was signed during Abe’s visit to Port-of-Spain. Takeshi said data collection surveys started in September and would continue. He said he was hopeful the projects will be set up to help regional states to “save energy and save money.” JICA is providing Grenada, St Lucia and St Vincent with fisheries equipment and machinery, he added.

 

Takeshi said JICA was assisting Jamaica with disaster and disaster risk management initiatives and “social inequality correction.” He said JICA was also seeking to help Jamaica improve its emergency communications system. Additionally, early warning and alarm systems are to be established on the island for disaster situations. Takeshi also said his country would be sending “one long-term Japanese expert in the area of disaster management in the Caribbean.”

 

The JICA director said that the expert “will visit the Caribbean countries to advise on the issue of disaster management.” The expert is to commence his work early next year. Takeshi said there were 363 Japanese volunteers working in Kingston. He said they were working “in the area of social welfare.” The JICA director said Caricom will always be important to Japan. The Caricom/Japan Foreign Ministers meeting begins on Saturday in Tokyo. 

 

Source: www.guardian.co.tt



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