New JICA Technical Cooperation for Fisheries and Maritime Institute-COM aims at maritime education and training capacity enhancement


On December 7, 2020, Karen Simion, Interim President of the College of Micronesia-FSM and Keiichi Muraoka, Resident Representative of JICA Micronesia signed the Record of Discussions (hereinafter referred to as R/D) between the two parties setting in motion “The Project for Maritime Education and Training Capacity Enhancement on Fisheries and Maritime Institute”. The Project duration will be three years from its commencement that is scheduled in April 2021.  Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, Project Team was unable to visit the FSM to conduct the detailed planning survey of the project. However, various virtual discussion successfully concluded the survey along with the execution of electronic signing procedure of the R/D as agreed between both parties. 

This Project will aim at improving maritime education and training courses at FMI-COM in Yap as the main site. The main outputs of this project includes the improvement of current class 5 courses and developing new class 4 courses with materials and contents, as well as improvement of employment supports. Capacity development for instructors will be explored through accepting trainings from other organization or governments from neighboring regions such as Palau and Republic Of Marshall Islands.

JICA has collaborated with FMI-COM since 2000-2005 with a project that aimed to develop the curriculum and leaning materials and to carry out teacher’s training in FSM-FMI. With this new project, JICA continues its support in contributing to capacity development of fisheries and maritime in FSM. JICA recognizes this sector as a priority issue in the FSM and will continue cooperating with FMI-COM and provide continuous support in this area.

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