Japan contributes additional 3.9 million USD to a UNIDO project in Sierra Leone for the promotion of youth employment through automotive maintenance skills training

The Government of Japan extends its grant assistance to the Republic of Sierra Leone. UNIDO will cooperate with Japan and Sierra Leone in implementing the Project “Promoting Youth Employment through Automotive Maintenance Skills Training” with funding from Japan amounting to 405,000,000 Japanese Yen (approx. 3.9 million USD).

H.E. Mr. HIMENO Tsutomu, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Republic of Sierra Leone, and Ms. Mariatu Abionor Swaray, UNIDO Country Representative in Sierra Leone, signed and exchanged Notes regarding implementation of the project on 23 March 2021 in Freetown.

The demand for auto mechanics is increasing proportionally to the number of private cars acquired by Sierra Leone’s society. The Project aims to increase employment opportunities for youths by providing them with automobile maintenance skills acquired through vocational trainings. As such, the project is expected to strengthen the social and economic bases of Sierra Leone.

Japan is working with UNIDO on industrial human resource development through vocational training in African countries. Projects in Liberia and Uganda, aiming at skill development for heavy construction equipment operation and maintenance, are examples of this cooperation.

Japan expects that UNIDO will steadily implement this project making use of its expertise and experience in technical cooperation. Japan and UNIDO will continue to cooperate closely in promoting the achievement of the SDGs.



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