Japan commits to supports Agriculture, education to boost stability

By Manyuon Mayen Manyuon

The Japanese Ambassador to South Sudan, Amb. Seiji Okada said yesterday that supporting education and agricultural sectors of South Sudan will help boost stability.

He stressed that putting much on supporting  modern agriculture and capacity building of  the civil servants as well as educating children on peace building would stabilized the nation.

Ambassador Okada revealed that Japan is strongly committed to supporting nation building of South Sudan in all what it takes to achieve stability.

“We see it very important to work for the people of South Sudan and at the same time, the stability of this country will contribute to the stability of the whole nations in the East Africa,” Ambassador Okada stated.

“So from that point of view, we really see the significance of supporting South Sudan. And in that process of supporting, our basic principle is to support the nation building based on the people here,” he added.

He was speaking during opening session of five days land mines actors’ training on the resource mobilization approach yesterday in Juba.

The training is being conducted by the Mines Advisory Group (MAG) in collaboration with UNMAS through financial support from the people of Japan.

Ambassador Okada figured out that it was paramount to empower the locals to become problem solvers of the essential needs after stability.

“What we are focusing on now is of course humanitarian assistance, capacity building and also development including infrastructure,” the ambassador stated.

Okada said the importance of empowering locals was to see that local actors were keys in maintaining facilities once the partners and donor countries successful implemented the given project.

He advised the partners to take example from Japan since they were critical in engaging locals befall problem solvers at the end of the day.

“Whenever we do any kind of project here, for example, the building of the Bridge over the Nile River, we mostly engage locals than Japanese. Now there are over 20 people engaging with the construction of the bridge. But the way we do is, among the over 20 workers, there are 7 Japanese,” he narrated.

“Over 20 people are South Sudanese. Because we believe we can support to build the bridge and complete it within 1 year or 2 years and nationals’ can be responsible for its maintenance after,” Ambassador added.

Okada reiterated Japanese commitment to support services delivery and technological advancement for the people of South Sudan since they were focusing on post nation building for South Sudan.

“In doing so, my focus is particularly to support education and agriculture so that we can build this country amicably,” Okada affirmed.

“We welcomed the very recent kind of positive movement of the peace process. Sooner or later, we hope that the permanent peace will come,” he said.

He encouraged nationals to focus on restructuring lives of the people of South Sudan.

“What you really need to focus on now is how you build this country after conflict. It is really essential to see in place because of peace,”

Ambassador stated that it was high time to support the return of the IDPs and the people living in the protection of the civilians’ sites in the field of education and agriculture.



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