22 November 2012
The opening ceremony for the Grant Assistance for the Grass-roots Human Security Project (GGP) entitled “The Project for Construction of Skill Training Center for Vulnerable Youth” took place on November 16 at 1:00 p.m, at Gilbert Agricultural and Rural Development Center (GARDC), St Peter, Antigua. GARDC received a Grant of US$89,075 from the Government of Japan for the construction of a new Skill Training Center which accommodates two (2)rooms. One room will be a new computer lab where students can learn basic and advanced IT skills and the other will be a class room which will provide training in a great variety of areas.
The ceremony was attended by Mr. Koji Fujimura, Second Secretary, on behalf of the Embassy of Japan, Mrs. Roberta Williams, Executive Director of GARDC, the Honorable Hilson Baptiste, Minister of Agriculture, Lands, Housing & the Environment, the Honorable Edmond Mansoor, Minister of State in the Ministry of Information, Broadcasting, Telecommunication, Science and Technology, and the Honorable Winston Williams, Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Sports, Gender & Youth Affairs. Approximately seventy guests were in attendance.
In his speech, Mr. Fujimura highlighted that the high rate of unemployment among the youth is a major problem worldwide, and the younger generation should be given fair chance to prove their abilities and fulfill their potential. He also mentioned, as a result of this project, the GARDC was able to expand its capacity and more effectively provide a wider range of training courses. He hopes the new Training Center will be the gathering place for youth who wish to improve their skills and make the “first step” on the road to a better future.
The Government of Japan welcomes further opportunities to work with the Government and the people of Antigua and Barbuda, with a view to strengthening the bonds of friendship and mutual understanding which exist between the two countries.
For further information, please contact:
Economic Cooperation Section
Embassy of Japan in Trinidad and Tobago
Tel: (868)-628-5991/3 Ext. 234