The Deputy Director General of International Cooperation Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Tokyo, Japan Mr. Kingo Toyoda, has reiterated the significance of Kenya as an active cooperation partner to Japan.
Speaking at JKUAT during his visit to the University to familiarize himself with the progress on the various projects the Japanese Government is partnering with JKUAT, Mr. Toyoda observed that, “human resource development is very important for us” adding, “Kenya is a key partner especially in human resource development.”
Mr. Toyoda who was on his first visit to Kenya and accompanied by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan and the Embassy of Japan in Kenya officials including Mr. Yasuhiro NAKAI (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), and Mr. Keita SAITO (Researcher / Advisor, Economic Cooperation Division, Embassy of Japan in Kenya), visited the JKUAT Nissin Foods Limited where he was shown the noodles’ manufacturing plant.
The Deputy Director General also visited the Institute of Energy and Environmental Technology (IEET) to see the progress made by the Institute in the implementation of various thematic areas undertaken under the BRIGHT Project, a technical cooperation between JKUAT and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) which aims at developing the capacity of JKUAT in Research & Development, Education and Training in the field of rural electrification using renewable energy, in collaboration with other stakeholders.
In her welcoming remarks, the Vice Chancellor Prof. Mabel Imbuga conveyed to the people of Japan through Mr. Toyoda, the University’s appreciation of the Japanese support through JICA which she recalled, predates the history of JKUAT as an autonomous university to 1981.
The Vice Chancellor said JKUAT has trained many students, and singled out the Babaroa Scholarships which have benefited scores of bright but needy students.
Prof. Imbuga who was also accompanied by Prof Esther Kahangi and Prof. Romanus Odhiambo, acknowledged the African Union –African Innovation –JKUAT and PAUISTI collaboration which she said, will reinvigorate the partnership between Japan and JKUAT.
Others present during the visit included: Prof. Manabu Tsunoda, Shinjiro Shiomi and Noriaki Tanaka (JICA Africa -ai- Japan Project); Prof. Simon Muhoho, and Kenichi Nagatomi (Nissin Foods) among others.