Deal to benefit local youths

Fiji’s ambassador to Japan Isikeli Mataitoga and OISCA International vice-president Etsuko Nakano after the signing. Picture: SUPPLIED

A MEMORANDUM of understanding signed yesterday will help rural youths in Fiji work towards improving their resource base and building a more enhanced community development.

The MOU was signed between the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Organization for Industrial, Spiritual and Cultural Advancement (OISCA) International on promotion of community development as an integral part of the socioeconomic wellbeing of the people of Fiji.

A statement from Embassy of the Republic of Fiji, Tokyo yesterday said ambassador Isikeli Mataitoga signed the MOU on behalf of the ministry and said the MoU would also enable Fijian youths to gain knowledge, skills and holistic approach of sustainable organic agriculture training system and environmental conservation activities for Fiji.

It said OISCA International vice-president Etsuko Nakano said it would be a means for building closer ties and more collaboration, and hoped that it would create new opportunities within empowering rural youths of the two countries.

Meanwhile Mr Mataitoga briefed her on the work carried out by the Fiji Embassy in Tokyo, especially in people-to-people exchange collaboration with the Ministry of Youth and Sports and OISCA Training Center in Nasau.

It is noted that through the assistance of the Fiji Embassy Tokyo, Takanezawa-machi in Tochigi Prefecture, Japan sends 25 students and teachers per year to undertake a one-week long cultural and socio geography visits in Fiji, which usually include mangrove planting in OISCA Nasau.

Ms Nakano was also briefed on the many agricultural Fijian Made products that are newly developed and readily available for the Japanese market.

The need to further share more experiences and knowledge was also noted.

Under the MoU, OISCA will organise courses and provide training, such as organic farming, farm management, community development skills, aquaculture, coral regeneration, and mangrove planting to empower rural youths in Fiji.

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