UNIDO, Japan, Komatsu and BWI dedicate new Heavy-Duty Workshop to benefit 473 beneficiaries.

Student Rita Roberts training Mr. El Hillo to operate the excavator. Student Rita Roberts training Mr. El Hillo to operate the excavator.

August 1, 2017, Kakata, Margibi: Over twenty beneficiaries including eight females demonstrated their skills in heavy-duty machines operation during a program marking the dedication ceremony of a new Hydraulic Workshop Center on JHEOS Campus in Kakata, Margibi County.

The dedicatoin ceremony  was organized by Booker T. Washington Institute, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Government of Japan, and Japan Multinational Heavy Duty Manufacturer, KOMATSU as part of a three-year joint programme aimed at providing professional training in heavy-duty machine operation and maintenance.

Speaking during the program, UNIDO Project Manager Mr. R. Stavros Papastavrou stated that “UNIDO in collaboration with KOMATSU want to close the need gap in heavy-duty machines operation and maintenance and with the  support of Japan, trainers were trained by KOMATSU in a “Training of Trainers” program”.

He noted  that the project would  produce 473 beneficiaries’ including 85 females as Certified Electro-Hydraulic Technicians.  A total of 55 instructors from Booker T. Washington Institute, Grand Bassa Community College and Monrovia Vocational Training Center have been trained over the last three years.

“The project is a clear demonstration of partnership in action…. a partnership that is delivering very concrete and clear result between the Government and People of Japan, UNIDO and Liberia. It is good to come to a project that  demonstrates solutions…. This shows that the future is bright...” Mr. Yacoub El Hillo, DSRSG and UN Resident Coordinator emphasized.

The UN Resident Coordinator congratulated UNIDO, KOMATSU, the Government of Japan and BWI especially for being the center of enlightenment in education for the people of Liberia. He urged graduates to use the training and skills acquired to help in the development process of Liberia.

The project is one of several public-private development partnerships that UNIDO is implementing in cooperation with heavy-duty equipment manufacturers KOMATSU. The projects are all  under the umbrella of UNIDO’s Learning and Knowledge Development Facility (LKDF), a programme that promotes industrial skills among young people in developing countries by supporting the establishment and upgrading of local industrial training academies.