Government officials, private sector members join Jenesys

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

OFFICERS from the Brunei government and members of the private sector will be joining students and school instructors in the upcoming Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (Jenesys) programme.

This will be the first time the programme includes participants from the government and the private sector.

A total of 23 participants will take part in this year’s edition themed ‘Social Exchange: Fishery/Fish Processing and Metal Processing Industry’.

The participants comprise four officers from the Fisheries Department, two representatives from the private sector, five school instructors and 12 students.

They will depart Brunei on February 21 and are scheduled to return on March 1.

During a reception held at the Embassy of Japan yesterday, Japanese Ambassador to Brunei Noriko Iki expressed Japan’s intention of supporting Brunei’s efforts toward economic diversification and creating employment.

In addition to that, she said Japan has been exploring possibilities to support human-resource development and vocational training to increase the number of employment opportunities.

“The Jenesys programme of Fishery/Fish Processing and Metal Processing Industry has been designed to meet such needs for the first time in Brunei,” said the ambassador.

“I hope it will contribute to Brunei’s efforts in diversifying its industry and securing increased job opportunities,” she said.

During the programme, the participants will visit Wakayama prefecture, the biggest peninsula in Japan, where its current governor is the former ambassador of Japan to Brunei, Yoshinobu Nisaka.

Iki went on to say that the fisheries team will experience the Wakayama prefectural fisheries experimental station, the fisheries laboratory and seafood processing, as well as packaging techniques.

Meanwhile, the metal processing team will be visiting the Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation and local factories for metal processing.

Fisheries Officer at the Fisheries Department Noor Dafinah Hj Jelani said she hopes to learn more about Japan’s culture and its conservation method.

She is also looking forward to experiencing Japan’s packaging and processing of fish and fishery products.

“They are the main producer and importer of fish products. We want to learn their strategies and hopefully we can incorporate them in our fisheries industry,” said Noor Dafinah.

A participating student from IBTE Wasan Vocational School Campus (IBTE SVW Campus), Khairul Nidzam Awang Matserudin, said he is interested in learning about modern aquaculture from the programme.

The 21-year-old student who is in his first year taking Diploma in Aquaculture and Fisheries programme said he wanted to learn about the ornamental fish industry from Japan.

The Jenesys programme was created by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during the Second East Asia Summit 2007.

Brunei has been participating in the programme ever since.

The Brunei Times