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Saint Lucian Civil Engineer Heads to Japan

Press Release:– The government of Saint Lucia has been a long-time beneficiary of Japan’s technical cooperation though the equipping of the island’s human resources with training courses.

Training is offered to personnel from various government departments and agencies under the JICA’s (Japan International Cooperation Agency’s) Knowledge Co-Creation Programmes, held in Japan.

In this regard, the JICA Saint Lucia Office is pleased to congratulate Ms. Ulanda Rolanda Antoine, Civil Engineer within the Department of Infrastructure, Ministry of Infrastructure, Ports, Energy and Labour, for having been accepted to participate in the JICA Group Training Course on ‘Bridge Maintenance’.

The core training will take place at the JICA Kyushu International Centre in Japan, from February to March this year. Participants will have the opportunity to learn methods of effective bridge management and maintenance through lectures, field visits, exercises and discussions; while analyzing issues in their home countries through learning theoretical perspectives and experiences of Japan.

While congratulating Ms. Antoine on having being selected, Mr. Glen Lake, Officer responsible for Corporate Communication and Public Relations at the JICA Saint Lucia Office pointed out that “it is of particular importance the recognition that a female candidate from Saint Lucia was selected, considering that JICA and the Japanese government promotes gender equality.”

Lake continued on to explain: “Ms. Antoine although afforded this excellent opportunity is now tasked with the responsibility to gain as much understanding in bridge maintenance and management cycle as she can in order to implement best practices here in Saint Lucia…and we all are aware of how important this particular topic is here on island.”

Antoine stated: “The intention is to improve my technical knowledge of bridge maintenance practices, and to improve on my abilities in planning and preparing maintenance programs and the maintenance of civil infrastructure.”

The JICA Saint Lucia Office takes this opportunity to wish Ms. Antoine all the best in her studies.

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