JOCV members visit Ambassador

On 30th November 2011, members of the Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV) currently working in Zambia, accompanied by their family members visited Japanese Ambassador Akio Egawa at his official residence in Lusaka. For the family members the tour of duty in Zambia is the first ever outing to an African country. From the Ambassador’s briefing on the history of Zambia, the bilateral relationship between Japan and Zambia, as well as Japan's development assistance to Zambia, they deepened their understanding on Zambia in general and the role of Japan in Zambia in particular.

As part of the programme, the visitors listened to a presentation on the activities of three JOCV members, based in Lusaka and Kasama, in the fields of computer engineering, agriculture and civil engineering, and rural development. In response, the Ambassador encouraged them to continue working hard by referring to the long term engagement of the JOCV members in Zambia, spanning over 40 years, emphasising that it is the pride of Japan that the JOCV members are working tirelessly hand in hand with local residents, based in the forefront of development assistance. It is sincerely hoped that members of the JOCV will continue to act as bridges between Japan and Zambia in their respective fields.

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