The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a cooperation agreement with Kumamoto Prefecture. The signing was held at the Kumamoto Prefectural Government Office by Mr. Ikuo Takashima, Governor of Kumamoto Prefecture, and Shinichi Kitaoka, President of JICA.
Human resources who have a global perspective and contribute to regional industrial development and multicultural coexistence with the era of second or third opening of the country due to immigration control and revision of the Refugee Recognition Act in April this year. Is required. This cooperation agreement is for the promotion of human resources who have experience of activities in developing countries as a JICA Overseas Cooperation Volunteer and higher education / intern experience in Kumamoto Prefecture for regional promotion of Kumamoto Prefecture. And strengthen the cooperative relationship with Kumamoto Prefecture.
The main cooperation contents are as follows.
[Main contents of the cooperation agreement]
Promotion of enrollment and employment in the prefecture of returnees of JICA Overseas Cooperation Volunteers in order to develop human resources that contribute to the development of the prefecture
(2) Technical trainees from developing regions Acceptance and dispatch of technical cooperation specialists to the region
(3) Support for overseas expansion of companies in the prefecture, etc.
) To promote the above (1) even during the promotion of multicultural coexistence , through collaboration with Kumamoto Prefectural University In the future, there are plans to actively accept returnees of JICA Overseas Cooperation Volunteers in this program and to study graduate education that incorporates developing country activities as JICA Overseas Cooperation Volunteers.
In addition, as part of improving the working environment for the human resources nurtured through the above, we will conduct practical internships at companies in the prefecture. Through this internship, understanding the challenges faced by local communities in Kumamoto Prefecture, realizing its attractiveness and potential, and having a relationship with local people is expected to lead to employment opportunities in the prefecture. The
In addition to grassroots technical cooperation projects and SMEs that have been working together with Kumamoto Prefecture, JICA has been using the JICA Overseas Cooperation Volunteer Project to realize regional revitalization and a multicultural society. By working on human resource development for the future, we will contribute to the resolution of regional issues in Kumamoto Prefecture, the development of economic society, and the promotion of strengthening relationships with developing countries.
(Note) The rate of increase of foreigners in Kumamoto Prefecture was 16.64% in 2017 (1st in Japan), 14.17% in 2018 (3rd in Japan), and the number of foreign workers was 10,155 (2018) As of the end of October).
Source: Japan International Cooperation Agency