Gov’t entities to benefit from expertise of Japanese volunteers

Japanese volunteers under the Japan International Cooperation Agency senior volunteers programme pay a courtesy visit to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The volunteers will be based in Guyana until October this year


With the recent arrival of ten volunteers from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Guyana continues to benefit from the expertise of senior Japanese professionals who will be based here until October this year.

They will work in the Ministries of Agriculture, Education, Communities, and Public Infrastructure as well as with the Georgetown Mayor and City Council, Guyana Water Inc., Guyana Energy Agency and the Civil Aviation Authority, among other entities.

According to a Ministry of Foreign Affairs release, the volunteer programme, through which experts between the ages of 40 and 69 are able to contribute their services, began dispatching senior professional volunteers with a range of skills to Guyana since 2008. So far, 49 persons have served here with the recent arrivals forming the largest batch to come at the same time. Expressing appreciation for the ongoing service from the Japanese Government, Director of the Department of International Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Vanessa Dickenson, said, “This significant contribution of expertise by the Japanese volunteers will assist in complementing the work of the respective sectors in which they’re based.” According to Ms. Dickenson, Guyana has already benefitted from the presence of Japanese professionals in the areas of environmental education, swimming, agricultural drainage and irrigation, rural engineering and information technology.

Additionally, in 2016, under the auspices of the JICA knowledge co-creation programme, ten Guyanese were trained in environment conservancy, solid waste management and disaster management. The volunteer programme is being implemented under the 2005 Agreement of Technical and International Cooperation signed by the Governments of Guyana and Japan.

  • Dr Nat Khublall

    Experienced people from advanced countries could have suggestions or make contributions as to how or in what manner improvements in Guyana can be carried out in areas relevant to their expertise. With my training in the UK and work experience as the Deputy Chief Valuation Officer in Guyana in the early 1970s, I was able to make meaningful contributions to the Singapore property tax system. I wrote 9 textbooks in that country (one of which is “Singapore Property Tax”) and my suggestions in a refereed paper “Fairness in the Assessment of Property Tax in Singapore” (published in the UK) culminated in a revised edition of the relevant Act. Wherever the Japanese are employed during their sojourn in Guyana, they should analyse carefully the problems they encounter with a view to meaningful solutions, if possible.