Tanzania: Govt to Train Somali Engineers

Dar es Salaam — Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in collaboration with the government of Tanzania is sponsoring an International training course on Labour Based Technology (LBT) for road works for ten (10) Somali Engineers.

The course will be conducted at the Appropriate Technology Training Institute (ATTI) located in Mbeya region to north of Tanzania.

The training that is being overseen by Tanzania ministry of work will comprise of Somali university staff members and Local Government staff members that will both be trained in different engineering capacities.

JICA's Chief Representative, Mr. Yukihide Katsuta said that through this project, curriculum and training materials were reviewed, equipment for training was provided, and the managerial and technical capacity of ATTI on LBT training implementation have been enhanced aimed at strengthening Somali's capacity.

"This is a clear message from the Somali trainees who participated in the training last year that they were satisfied with the training provided by ATTI," said Katsuta.

JICA requested ATTI to receive Somali people as training participants on LBT and ATTI accepted the offer. Training duration is eight (8) weeks starting from 30th January 2013 and all the cost for training is borne by JICA.

During the training, the participants will receive class room and practical training including actual gravel road works, drainage structures and so forth.

This is a second batch of Somali Engineers to be sponsored by JICA for a similar training at ATTI. The first batch took place from May, 2006 to February, 2011 and 2012.

"We expect trained participants for this year would get information and technology regarding LBT during their stay in Tanzania, and they will fully utilize the fruits in their respective duties for the development of their county," he said.

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