Japan aid touted to open more job opportunities for Yap residents

Updated: Apr 14

FSM Fisheries & Maritime Institute in Yap receives $3.7M donation

FSM Foreign Affairs Secretary Kandhi Elieisar and Japanese Ambassador Hidenobu Sobashima sign the Exchange of Note for Japan's $3.7 million donation to the Federated States of Micronesia. Photo courtesy of FSM Information Service

Colonia, Yap -- Japan has donated $3.7 million to the Federated States of Micronesia to support the FSM Fisheries and Maritime Institute in Yap by providing a training vessel, training equipment and upgrades to the institute’s facilities.

The Japanese government, through Japan International Cooperation Agency, is also providing Class 4 training in 2022 for the cadets who will then be certified to perform the duties of Class 4 Master/Engineer.

The training will provide greater employment opportunities on foreign ships for the FMI graduates.

The Yap FMI campus is currently undergoing upgrades to dormitory rooms and classrooms as a part of the donation, as well.

The Fisheries & Maritime Institute offers courses in Navigation, Marine Engineering and Fishing Technology. These programs are offered in accordance with the standards and requirements of the International Convention on Standards and Training, Certification and Watch Keeping for Seafarers (STCW Convention). The FSM became a party to the STCW Convention on Oct. 14, 1998.

According to a press release from the Office of the FSM President, the FSM Department of Education and the College of Micronesia-FSM worked with the Embassy of Japan to complete and submit the grant application.

“On behalf of the State of Yap, I am deeply grateful and humbled by this significant and much-needed bestowal for the citizens of Yap,” Gov. Henry Falan said.

“We count our many blessings every day for the friendship and support of Japan throughout the years. This donation is one of the most significant that we have received and we give our thanks for their generosity and alliance," he added.