Japanese carpentry and design focus of intercultural dialogue between Japan and Liberia

Japanese carpentry and design focus of intercultural dialogue between Japan and Liberia

TOKYO, 28 September 2018 - With the support of the Government of Japan, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) initiated an intercultural exchange between stakeholders from the Liberian wood industry value chain and relevant Japanese institutions and companies from Tokyo and Takayama of the Gifu Prefecture.

The Japanese hosts - including vocational schools, small-scale carpentry businesses, large-scale retailers, and the association of furniture industrials - demonstrated their wood processing skills and technologies, as well as the industry’s vocational, business and policy structures. The Liberian delegation learned from existing best practices and was inspired to develop new ideas to improve and scale-up their own wood industry.

“We can learn from Japan’s post-conflict reconstruction through industry-focused development”, said Nyenati Kaffey from Liberia’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry. “Liberia needs to rebuild its wood industry, and I truly appreciate the Japanese government’s support”.

The five-day study tour is part of a Japanese-funded project implemented by UNIDO to promote social stability in the Grand Bassa County of Liberia, which seeks to improve human security of vulnerable people and communities affected by concession projects. “We are keen to deepen exchanges between Japan and Liberia”, stated the Japan Furniture Industry Development Association. “We want to contribute to a prosperous and peaceful life for the Liberian people”.

Inclusive and sustainable Industrialization will be a crucial pillar of TICAD7, and is essential to support post-crisis recovery through skills training and knowledge sharing. In addition to this project, Japan supports numerous initiatives for Africa, including the Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa (IDDA3).

Please find out more here: https://open.unido.org/projects/LR/projects/170166

For further information please contact:

Noriko TAKAHASHI

Industrial Development Officer

UNIDO

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