◎ Operators relieved about return of cruise ships(2022.11.30, National)

LOCAL tour operators in the Kokopo and Rabaul areas of East New Britain are happy
 that cruise ships are back in the province.

Tourism was the worst affected sector over the last two years of enforced lockdowns
because of the Coronavirus with landowners of tourist sites, vendors, tour operators,
the provincial government and the people of East New Britain missing out on this source of revenue.

A landowner of the famous World War Two barge tunnels built by Japanese occupying forces said
 he was thankful the national government had lifted a ban on cruise ships coming into PNG waters.

Joel Tarere, who owns land at Karavia along the Kokopo-Rabaul road
where the Japanese barge tunnels are located, said
tourists were returning to see this historic site and this in turn was generating revenue
 not just for him but others in the wider community as well.
“We are thankful that the mothers can sell their handcraft to sustain their families,” he said.

◎ University students to learn Japanese development studies(2022.12.5, National)


UNIVERSITY of Papua New Guinea students can learn more about Japan
following the signing of an understanding with the Japanese International Corporation Agency (Jica).

This will be through Jica’s chair programme which they hope to expand to in PNG.

Jica chief representative Masato Koinuma said the programme aims to expand opportunities for Japanese development studies
in various fields at universities in partner countries.

“Young Papua New Guineans can learn in this Jica chair programme about the experiences of Japan
and can be a person to contribute a lot to the future of development of PNG”, he said.

Koinuma said UPNG was the first recipient of the programme in PNG and the Pacific region also.

He hopes for students to learn the experiences of Japan and contribute to PNG’s nation building in various ways.

UPNG Vice-Chancellor Prof Frank Griffin said the signing was to formalise the relationship
and establishment of Jica chair within the framework of the university.

“It gives all the schools in the university the opportunity to open dialog to look at their own capacity building process
where we can engage in our Japanese colleagues in Japan
and our Japanese colleagues in Japan can engage here at the university,” he said.

Griffin said the university was delighted that part of programme would allow a joint collaboration
not just in academic work but also research and courses that will take place across the Japan and PNG.

“We will have people to people contact and in that regard we will have benefits from both sides,
the academic, researchers and students will explore ways in
what they may be able to maximise what is contained in this agreement,” he said.

Griffin said once the agreement was signed,
it would allow the two countries to participate in what was needed to be done to make it a formal,
 practical and an active agreement.

“There are many agreements that people signed, but when are not managed well, nothing happens,” he said.

“We want to be an active MOU where we will be able to see the activities
that a prescribed at the first place but more specifically with time on
what we have to do to benefit from this document.”
The Jica chair programme was done in February to May,
this year and would continue next year and onwards.

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