Dr Ibrahim Mayaki has been honoured with the 13th Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) President Award. The award was presented to him today by a JICA delegation at the Agency’s offices in Midrand, South Africa.
JICA presents this annual award to selected projects, persons and organisations for their outstanding contributions and accomplishments towards JICA’s international cooperation activities.
Speaking during the handover ceremony, Mr Tomohiro Seki, JICA Chief Representative acknowledged Dr Mayaki’s continued commitment in strengthening collaborations between the NEPAD Agency and JICA.
“We present this award to you today in recognition of your contribution towards the achievement of JICA’s goals in the implementation of the One Stop Border Post project, the Kaizen Initiative and the Initiative for Food Security and Nutrition in Africa (IFNA) project. You continue to advocate on our partnership during many forums, highlighting the mutual benefit thereof,” he said Tomohiro Seki, JICA Chief Representative
Dr Mayaki expressed his gratitude with a special thanks to the President of JICA, Mr Shinichi Kitaoka.
“On behalf of the NEPAD Agency, I acknowledge that partnership is not an easy task but this entails that we need to set our goals and objectives while creating a development culture of mutual learning and it is because of this that we embrace the collaboration with JICA on Infrastructure development, on boosting intra-Africa Trade, expanding the Kaizen Initiative to the Continent through NEPAD to enhance productivity and the IFNA initiative to support the fundamental role of food security in Africa” said Dr Mayaki.
NEPAD Agency and JICA currently have signed MoUs for the Kaizen and IFNA initiatives.
On the Kaizen Initiative, the agreement aims to promote and disseminate Kaizen throughout Africa. The NEPAD Agency has engaged JICA to mainstream Kaizen in Africa through an African Kaizen initiative to set up centres of excellence in various regions of Africa.