A first group of Japanese specialists in disaster mitigation and assistance to people from vulnerable sectors arrived in Ecuador as part of the cooperation that the Government of Tokyo provides to the South American country, the Foreign Ministry reported today in Quito.
This is a contingent of volunteers who will visit Ecuador this year as part of the program that the International Cooperation Agency of Japan (JICA) maintains in this country since 1991, needs a statement from the Foreign Ministry.
The undersecretary of International Cooperation of the Ministry, Rocio Vergara, welcomed the group of seven specialists and recalled that this year marks the centenary of diplomatic relations between Ecuador and Japan. “We are sure that they will be able to make a valuable contribution to the Ecuadorian institutions to which they belong. For us it is important to strengthen this technical cooperation “, highlighted Vergara.
The Japanese volunteers will offer their support in local governments of the provinces of Cañar, Napo, Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas, Pastaza and Santa Elena; as well as the Queen Foundation of Quito and the Technical University of Cotopaxi.
The Japanese delegation is made up of specialists in primary education Terukazu Hashimoto, in reproduction of animals Hitomi Ura, in attention to people with disabilities Yu Nikawadori, in prevention and mitigation of disasters Erico Kizaki, in table tennis Yoshitaka Furusawa and in care of older adults Toshiya Kaai and Chiharu Fujisawa.
This group will be integrated to the 38 Japanese people that are already in the country, supporting areas of infrastructure, environment, education, health, sports and agriculture.
It is expected that until the end of this year, there will be a total of 55 Japanese volunteers assigned to cooperation programs, the Foreign Ministry reported in its text.
“I want to contribute to countries that have risks of natural disasters, that’s why I decided to work in Ecuador, especially in the city of Salinas. I want to show how to be prepared for prevention and collaborate in the training of people in case of emergency, “said volunteer Kizaki, who also stressed that it is an opportunity to learn about Ecuadorian culture.
Professor Hashimoto added that his goal is to contribute to the improvement of education with the University of Cotopaxi.
The director of Productive Development of Cañar, Diego Urgilés, considered that this will be an opportunity to share experiences and contribute to the strengthening and improvements of the livestock sector of his province. (I)