The newly appointed Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Rural Development (MRD) Dr. Samson Viulu has paid a courtesy visit to the Japanese Ambassador to Solomon Islands His Excellency Miwa Yoshiaki yesterday (Wednesday 27 July 2022).
The courtesy visit was purposely to seek common areas of interest where the Government of Japan can assist the Solomon Islands government through the Ministry of Rural Development.
One particular area of need that PS Viulu highlighted to the Japanese Ambassador is in the area of effective Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) and the Japanese rural model of One Place, One Product Approach.
PS Viulu having spent ten years in Japan as a researcher and employee of several institutes said that Solomon Islands must learn from Japan on how it transforms its economy to one of the most vibrant economy in the world.
“Solomon Islands can learn from the Japanese experience and customize it to the Solomon Islands context.”
During the brief meeting H.E Ambassador MIWA also highlighted many areas where Solomon Islands can learn from Japan including their technology prowess that Solomon Islands can directly benefit from.
He also emphasized sustainable development for Solomon Islands should be an area of priority to explore.
Ambassador Miwa then assured PS Viulu that he will look at organizing a webinar with some reputable Japanese institutes for MRD and other interested stakeholders in Solomon Islands for further dialogue.
The Permanent Secretary’s visit to the Japanese Ambassador is part of MRD’s outreach to ALL donors to better understand their areas of cooperation in the country.
PS Viulu also used the opportunity and invited Ambassador Miwa to an informal morning breakfast to be hosted by the Minister of MRD Honourable Duddley Kopu. Ambassador Miwa accepted the breakfast invitation and said that he is looking forward to meeting Minister Kopu and his officers.
– MRD Press