7 July 2010Since the early 1970s, the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) with the coordination of the Governments of Tonga and Japan sent Tongan civil servants to Japan on various training courses. At the same time, the JICA Volunteers Programme meant a pool of technical professionals and experts arriving on a maximum of 2-year contract internship in the Kingdom.
This often involves technical assistance in forms of advisory and skills-transfer training at various sectors of society, such as the Education, Fisheries and Agricultural, Constructions, Information & Communications Technology as well as Television and Internet Networking.
One such expert is Mr. Kuniharu Shiraki, an IT Engineer, employed on a monthly placement at the Tonga Broadcasting Commission, was in Tonga since 14 June, 2010 to offer his invaluable help with the editing and Programming Unit of the A3Z Radio/Television Station. Recently, the Tonga Broadcasting Commission (TBC) celebrated its 49th Anniversary on 4 July, 2010 after its first establishment in 1964. As part of TBC's strategic development plan is the upgrading of its Television Unit with the use of more up-to-date digital television equipment and systems.
While in Tonga, Mr Shiraki also shared his knowledge and experience with the Networking and Television Production Unit of the Ministry of Information and Communications, the government's official platform for dissemination of government information, news and activities as well as the regulating body for all communicating information tools and technologies of the Kingdom.
This is only one example of the success of Japan's technical cooperation programme where many stakeholders benefit from not only in the Government Ministries and Departments but within the private sector. The JICA program continues to foster good relationships between the JICA Tonga Office and many Departments of the Tongan Government.
Mr. Shiraki, is due to return to Japan on 11 July to his own free-lance television and communications productions company based in Tokyo, Japan.
Issued by the: Ministry of Information and Communications, Nuku'alofa, 2010