IDACA NEWS

NO.95

December 10, 2011

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REPORTS ON TRAINING COURSES

  1. JICA Course on “Strengthening Management and Business Activities of Agricultural Cooperatives”
  2. ICA Training Course on Quality and Safety Management of Farm Products
  3. JICA “Planning of Agricultural Policy” Course

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Greetings from the New Executive Director:
“Thinking about the Significance of Asian Strategy through Human Resource Development”



Mr. Keiji Hiraoka
Executive Director, IDACA

At a meeting of the IDACA Board of Councilors and Board of Directors held on August 24, I was elected executive director to succeed Mr. Ashikari, my predecessor.

After being transferred to JA Zen-Noh from JA Zenchu in April 2008, I served as district managing director at JA ZenNoh until the end of July this year, receiving much favor from JA officials of Hokkaido and Tohoku districts. As the Great East Japan Earthquake occurred during this period, I worked hard to serve as a coordinator between the JAs in the field and the national headquarters for rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts, but there was never a day that I did not feel my own inadequacy.

Meanwhile, the last several months were a period during which the importance of mutual ties among fellow JA members were deeply embedded in my heart. During the opening ceremonies of IDACA’s training courses, I have first expressed gratitude for the various kinds of assistance offered by the people of the agricultural cooperative sectors of various countries of the world including Asia.

As seen in the recent developments in the WTO/EPA negotiations, the global situation is not the same as during the era of the GATT-Uruguay Round, when the United States and the EU, the two poles of the world trading system, made decisions by themselves. It is only becoming increasingly important for Japan regarding how it can take responsibility for Asia and demonstrate leadership.

I would like to conclude by asking oversea cooperators concerned and, JA officials for their continued strong support and cooperation.