The 5th Meeting of the Federation of JICA Alumni Associations in the Central American and the Caribbean Region (FECCEBEJA V) will be held in Kingston, Jamaica, from February 28, 2013, to March 1, 2013.



At this meeting, organized by the JICA Alumni Association of Jamaica, there will be a discussion of:

·         Matters emphasized at the 4th Meeting of the Federation of the JICA Alumni Associations in the Central American and Caribbean Region (FECCEBEJA IV)

·         A revision and modification of the statutes that govern the Federation

·         The Calendar of events for 2013

·         The CARICOM Alumni Associations, and

·         The development of other themes of great interest for the development of the countries in our region



Technology Transfer Workshop November 29, 2012

The JICA Alumni Association in Jamaica, the JAAJ, in collaboration with the JICA Jamaica Office, organized a Technology Transfer Workshop at the Cardiff Hotel & Spa, HEART Training Institute, Runaway Bay, Jamaica on Thursday, November 29, 2012 commencing at 9:30 a.m. There were approximately thirty (30) participants of this workshop, mainly from the North Western, Northern, North Eastern and Central parishes of Jamaica.

Mr. Masami Shukunobe, Resident Representative of JICA Jamaica Office, right; Mr. HiromotoOyama, First Secretary Embassy of Japan, second right;  Ms. Pauline Jervis, Scholarships Administrator, Ministry of Finance & Planning; Ms. Jacqueline Bennett, of the Ministry of Labor, third from left; Ms. Marsha Woolcock of the PIOJ, second left and Mr. Lenroy James, Vice President of the JAAJ for FY2012.

Objective of the Workshop:

The objective of the Workshop was to disseminate the latest technology, skills and knowledge, which the former participants of JICA’s Training Programme in Japan had acquired during their training throughout the periods 2011 and 2012.  The target group was their colleagues, peers and community personnel, on whom they could have the greatest impact about their specialized field of training.


Role of the Presenters:

The presenters dedicated their time and effort to ensuring that the presentations were easily understood both to their colleagues in their Ministry/Department/Agency as well as to other participants of the workshop.  The form of the presentations was for the most part in PowerPoint Format, with detailed explanations.

Opening Session:

The Opening Session was chaired by Mr. Lenroy James, Vice-President of the JAAJ who had previously made his presentation at the Seminar on JICA’s Training Programme in Japan, held at the Bloomfield Great House in Mandeville on March 1, 2012.  Mr. James is at the National Solid Waste Management Authority in Mandeville and he participated in “Waste Management Techniques” Training Programme in Japan. Mr. James gave a brief overview of the goal of JICA’s Training Programme in Japan and the role that JICA and the JAAJ play in enlightening the cooperating partners how to access the various JICA Schemes which are offered in Jamaica. He indicated how these schemes could be integrated into the programme of a Government Ministry, Department or Agency.

Welcome: A warm welcome was extended by Mrs. Sharille Pink, Board Member of the JAAJ, to Mr. Hiromoto Oyama, First Secretary in the Embassy of Japan, Jamaica and Mr. Masami Shukunobe, Resident Representative of JICA who both brought greetings. Also seated at the Head table were Ms. Marsha Woolcock, Senior Economist, Bilateral Unit of the Planning Institute of Jamaica and Ms. Pauline Jervis, Scholarships & Assistance Unit in the Ministry of Finance & Planning.

Areas of Presentations:Presentations were made in the following very important sectors, which are critical to the development of the Jamaican economy:

1)       Tourism                -               “Sustainable Tourism Development in CARICOM Countries”

2)       Agriculture          -               “ Rice Cultivation Techniques Development”

3)       Water                    -               “Sewage Works Engineering &Storm water Drainage Technology”

4)       Disaster                 -               “Fire Prevention Techniques” Management

Lessons learnt from the Technology Transfer Workshop:


·         Having colleagues at the Workshop to whom the information is disseminated is a definite advantage

·         This ensures continuity as some colleagues make requests to their Human Resources Development Manager to participate in the next year’s programme

·         This also informs peers about the Schemes which JICA offers and the integrated pattern utilized by JICA to ensure development assistance




Report on the 4th Annual Meeting of the Centroamericano y el Caribe de la Federacion de Asociaciones de Exbecarios del Japon. San Jose, Costa Rica, January 27 & 28, 2012


Representative of JICA in Costa Rica, representative of the Embassy of Japan in Costa Rica, delegate of JICA Costa Rica Mrs. Silvia CAMACHO, delegate JICA Colombia Mr. Ricardo CHIKU, Presidents and delegates of the associations of the countries of Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Honduras, Nicaragua, Colombia, Jamaica, for a total of 23 attendees

Mr Peter Clarke JAAJ President


The IV meeting of the Federation of Associations of Alumni of Japan FECCEBEJA expressed the main objective to continue and consolidate the dynamics of cooperation and exchange of experiences and knowledge among the associations that are members of the organization. 

Among the specific objectives of the Agenda were:

To review the activities carried out by associations during 2011

To review and approve the statutes of the Federation

To develop management strategies to strengthen the Federation

To develop the schedule of activities for the year 2012.

To prepare the Joint Declaration of San José, Costa Rica

To elect the new Board of Directors.

Presentation of the activities carried out during the year 2011:

Each association presented a summary of the main activities carried out in their country during the year 2011. Standing out as the common denominator was that the organizations have become true multipliers of knowledge, passing on skill which the members have acquired in the courses of training in the Japan. This task is developed through the Organization of national and international seminars, conferences, workshops and training courses; the results are shared by way of the publication of newsletters which are distributed among the partners.


The geographical proximity of the associated countries has enabled them to share project experiences (Taishin), on issues such as:

-       the improvement of the technology for the construction of social housing using earthquake resistant systems,

-       lessons learnt in el Salvador in the field of earthquake resistance and evaluation and diagnosis of the infrastructure (pre and post earthquake).

-       Evaluation and diagnosis techniques for the repair and rehabilitation of road infrastructure after an earthquake. Comprehensive management for disaster risk reduction. 

Additionally, through video conferences and training in the Dominican Republic, there has been a sharing of advances in research on the prevention and detection of quality of cytological sampling and uterine cervical cancer. This work was being developed in the last 5 years in Nicaragua. Also, a project carried out in El Salvador of dyeing with Indigo was taken to Guatemala where experiences on the subject were shared. 


In general all associations organize cultural activities to commemorate special events in each country in collaboration with the respective JICA offices. They seek to strengthen the ties of friendship between peoples  through the exchange of cultures. To end the day the JICA Costa Rica officer, Ms. Silvia Camacho presented a summary of the activities that are taking place in that country.

Review and approval of the statutes of the Federation:


A working Group was appointed that was composed of a representative of each of the countries present at the meeting in order to review and update the statutes of the Federation. Proposed adjustments were presented in plenary for consideration by delegates attendees who, after making relevant considerations, proceeded to the vote and approval was given, article by article.



Management strategies to strengthen FECCEBEJA:


The Working Group that was in charge of developing the topic proposed development strategies for the promotion of FECCEBEJA:

1. Creation of new partnerships and linking the existing Belize, Haiti and  Cuba associations (Mombukagakusho) action: drafting of letter of invitation to these countries signed by the delegates to the meeting.


2. Logo redesign.


3. WEB page design: Costa Rica proposes to utilise a student of graphic arts that is involved in University/community work, Action: The Secretary of the Federation shall be responsible for monitoring the student.


4. Economic contribution:

Each Association is to request 2% of Budget to be contributed to FECCEBEJA; Choose an international coordinator to serve as a link between the Federation and the Association within the Board of Directors.


5. Administrative management to broaden the participation of associations in projects of our region and at the international level. Ensure the permanence of the ex-presidents for at least three years after finishing his term of office.


6. To promote a greater linkage of JICA and the embassies, in the activities of the Federation.


7. Changes in the composition of officers are to be informed to the Federation. The Secretariat of the Federation must deal with the handling of the file of the Federation and publish it on the website.  


Strategies were submitted to the General Assembly for discussion and consultation and were approved as is reflected in the Declaration of San José, Costa Rica agreements.

Schedule of activities for the year 2012:


This working group proposed the following:

To make 5 video conferences with important topics Refining early in the year, the dates for each event so that there are no setbacks on the day of conducting of video conferences; 

To design the Logo of the Federation, to make it part of the Web page where the flag of each of the countries is the access link of each association;

To repeat TAISHIN project through technical assistance and workshops in the region;

ASEJA is in charge of coordination of these events. Countries involved are: Honduras, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Colombia, Panama and Guatemala. 

To design and develop the database of the Central American and Caribbean of professionals trained by Japan,


Election of the Executive Committee:

In plenary of January 28, 2012 the Executive Council of the Federation of the Central American and Caribbean, Alumni Associations of Japan FECCEBEJA, was elected for the period 2012-2013:

President: Asociación Costarricense de Exbecarios del Japón - ACEAJA,

Secretary: Asociación Hondureña de Becarios de Japón - AHBEJA,

Treasurer: Asociación Dominicana de Exbecarios del Japón - ADEJA,

Director 1: JICA Alumni Association of Jamaica - JAAJ

Director 2: Asociación Salvadoreña de Exbecarios de Japón - ASEJA.

Delivery of the database:

Associations are to present their database of professionals by end of March, with a video conference Wednesday, May 23 to know the State of progress.


It was proposed by Peter Clarke of JAAJ that the FECCEBEJA AGM 2013 be held in Jamaica. This proposal was accepted and the JAAJ was charged with arranging the next conference.

Cultural activities:

The Costa Rica Association organized a  city-walking-tour of part of San Jose where we integrate socially and had the opportunity to experience and learn of the history of the city, its architectural, cultural, economic and social development.

Above: Mr Peter Clarke JAAJ President

Below: Pricilla Chambers- JAAJ Secretary

Tribute to the founders of the Federation:

The Executive Council of the Federation, through the head of the Association of Honduran of Fellows of Japan - AHBEJA, paid tribute to the founding Fellows of the Federation, Senors July Honduras Mendieta, Eduardo Chinchilla Costa Rica, Jorge Cea El Salvador and Vinicio Rodríguez Guatemala, praising their work and support to the initiatial group that organized and gave life to associations of Japan under a central authority that governs and guides its principles.

Similarly honorable mention was made of the delegates of NIKKORYUKAI of Colombia, Germán Piñeres and Conception Baracaldo Aldana who were guests of honor as advisers to the Central American gathering # I and who contributed with their experience and knowledge in the creation of FECCEBEJA

 Below: Honurees