A significant occasion for both the Government of the Republic of Fiji and the Organization for Industrial, Spiritual and Cultural Advancement, International Japan (OISCA) eventuated on Friday, 25 January 2013 when both parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for an extension for a period of five years from the date of signature. His Excellency Ambassador Isikeli Mataitoga signed on behalf of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the relevant agency in Fiji whilst Ms Yoshiko Nakano, the President of OISCA International, Japan signed on behalf of the organization.
After the signing ceremony, Ambassador Mataitoga expressed deep appreciation on behalf of the Government of Fiji to OISCA for their contribution in reducing poverty in rural Fiji. The extension of their programme for another five years will surely augur well with the intention of Government as well as the objective of the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) to reduce poverty. Ambassador reassured Ms Nakano that OISCA is the only NGO that is doing what it is suppose to be doing in Fiji. To reciprocate, the President of OISCA thanked the Government of Fiji for honoring their contractual agreement in the past and assured that the organization will continue to deliver what is expected from them as enshrined in the MOU. That is to provide trainings to empower rural youths, makes experts available to provide technical guidance and other educational opportunities, award scholarships for technical training to Fiji youths at OISCA approved training centers in Japan, advises and supports OISCA graduates in community development projects and supports environmental conservation activities as effective tools for environmental education.