On April 8, 2021, the Exchange of Notes for the Grant Aid for the Economic and Social Development Programme for the Project for Enhancing the Capacities of Fisheries and Maritime Institute, amounting to 400 million Japanese Yen or about 3.7 million US Dollars, took place between H.E. SOBASHIMA Hidenobu, Ambassador of Japan to the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and the Honorable Kandhi Elieisar, Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the FSM, in Palikir.
Fisheries and Maritime Institute is the only maritime education institution in the FSM, and is expected to develop as a core institution for maritime education and training not only for the country but also for the Micronesia region, including Palau and the Marshall Islands. Improving the educational capacity of the Institute is an important issue. However, as it is difficult for the Institute to carry out the field training due to the lack of necessary equipment, the Institute is not able to train its students to become the highly skilled ship crew members certified based on the relevant international treaties.
This Programme is expected to contribute to improve the educational capacity of the Institute, and to the economic growth of the FSM through ensuring maritime safety by the construction of its facilities (classrooms, dormitory rooms) and the provision of equipment related to its maritime training (training ship, rigid-full inflatable boats, etc.).
This Programme is planned to implement the pillar of support expressed by the Government of Japan, "Strengthening the foundation for Resilient and Sustainable Development" at the 8th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM8) held in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture on May 18 and 19, 2018.
To read the speech by Ambassador Sobashima, please click here.