Members of the IlCA Alumni Association of Fiji,
Distinguished Guests, L
adies and Gentlemen,

Konichiwa and a very warm welcome to the Membership Drive Programme organised by the IlCA Alumni Association of Fiji (JAAF). It is an honor to address you all today.

I want to express my heartfelt appreciation to JAAF. This workshop serves as a testament to the strong bond that exists between IlCA and the Fiji Government and the unwavering commitment of JAAF to support the professional growth and development of its Alumni.

To date, JAAF has played a pivotal role in fostering a community of around 2400 Civil Servants, who have had the privilege of receiving training in Japan. As we gather here today, we celebrate not only your accomplishments but also the potential and promise you hold in shaping the future of the Public Service.

Your firsthand experiences in Japan, coupled with the knowledge gained through the training programmes, undoubtedly make you invaluable assets in driving positive change in your respective ministries and priority areas.

The Ministry of Civil Service wholeheartedly supports the endeavors of JAAF to build its membership and network, especially in the post­ COVID era. This workshop serves as a platform to share experiences. I encourage you to use this opportunity to gain insights on how to utilise further grants that are available from IlCA and JAAF to benefit your ministries.

With a focus on priority areas such as Disaster Risk Reduction, Environment, Climate Change, Health, Fisheries, Education, Water, Energy, and Transport, it is essential for us to forge strong partnerships and foster collaboration. Together, we can build a resilient, sustainable, and prosperous Fiji for generations to come.

Once again, I extend my deepest gratitude to JAAF for organising this
workshop   and   for   your   dedication   to   advancing   our nation's development agenda. Your efforts in funding action plans and supporting various initiatives are vital pillars of progress.

I am confident that the interactions, knowledge exchange, and shared visions will strengthen the bond between JAAF and the Fiji Government. Together, let us embrace this journey of growth and collaboration to create a more promising future for Fiji.

Thank you, and I wish you all a productive and insightful workshop ahead.