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Japanese fund vocational skills institute

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has signed an agreement with the government to establish and fund the Japan-Myanmar Aung San Vocational Training Institute.

Under the contract, which was signed on Tuesday in Yangon, JICA will provide ¥165 million (K2.32 billion/US$1.47 million) for the detailed design of the institute, the Japanese aid agency said in a statement on Tuesday.

“We will train students in automobile maintenance and electrical courses based on the knowledge and experience from Japan,” U Aye Myint, director general of Department of Technical and Vocational Education and Training, who signed the agreement on behalf of the government.

He said the institute can produce highly skilled people for both the local and foreign labour markets, and graduates of the institute will have more job opportunities.

“There are a lot of Japanese-made cars in Yangon. We need skilled labour and expertise to repair and maintain those cars, so this project could be of great benefit for us,” he said.

Japan and Myanmar also plan to sign an agreement for funding to construct the buildings of the institute.

“I believe it can develop the working skills needed for Myanmar industry,” said Mr. Kozo Yamamoto, a member of the Japanese House of Representatives who witnessed the signing.

“This also can be beneficial for Japanese businesses, which are going to extend their presence in Myanmar,” he added.

The three-year course in automobile maintenance and industrial electrical engineering for an AGTI diploma will start in December next year.

The institute will occupy the compound of the former Aung San Technical High School in Aung San Ward of Insein Township in Yangon Region.

“Our courses are on a par with those at the Government Technical Institute,” said U Yan Naing Tun, chief of the institute. He said the institute aims to develop the ability of the trainers as well as the students.

SOURCE: MYANMAR TIMES

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