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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2963

JICA and RADA delegates further discussed about OVOP project

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Colombo, 17 July, ( Management of the World renowned “One Village –One Product” Programme [OVOP] expands their arms to Sri Lanka to identify three products from each district and improve on line with designing, packing and marketing. Mr.Kenji Ohno JAICA Senior Volunteer will be residing at Galle or Kalutara to implement this program.

Mr .Ranjith Abeygunawardane of RADA will coordinate the project activities and they have an idea to open up pilot shop in tourist area in due course and furthermore look at possibility for identifying exportable products from these two districts.

OVOP is a community centered, and demand- driven regional economic development approach initiated by a region called Oita prefecture in Japan in the 1970s.The uniqueness of the approach is that they intend to achieve their regional economic development through adding value on to products using locally available resources through processing, quality control and marketing.

It aims to promote regional development by focusing on the unique resources and signature products of each locality.

It encourages grass root initiative and nurtured local industries can offer valuable hints for economic development and industrial growth in Sri Lanka. This movement can be place alongside other well-known Participatory Development initiatives such as the Mini credit project.

During a two day seminar held in Malaysia, RADA officials had discussion with President of the One Village -One Product Project Dr. Morihiko Hiramatsu to obtain support for Sri Lanka.

Dr. Morihiko Hiramatsu said that he would like to visit Sri Lanka near future with their delegates. Further more he mentioned that Toyota financial foundation fund would be utilized for this program.

During the seminar, India, Malaysia, Taiwan, and China presented papers mentioning their structure of the OVOP movement in their countries and those structures would help us to form Sri Lanka OVOP implementing structure.

“Sri Lankan delegates have taken handicraft and recycled paper products from Galle and Kalutara to Malaysia International Exhibition and it was noticed that local craftsmanship and products are good, but Sri Lanka needs to improve products on designing and packing, said Ranjith Abeyagunawardana of the RADA.

According to the RADA Officials the OVOP programme was officially commenced by RADA two months ago with the partnership of JICA, which was followed by having discussion with district Secretaries, field visits and workshops in Galle and Kalutara Districts.

- Asian Tribune -

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