Japanese grant to modernise professional institute

Japan has made a US$23 million non-repayable grant to the Institut National de Préparation Professionnel in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, under an agreement signed this month.

The grant will finance expansion and modernisation of the institute during 2013-14, reported Radio Okapi.

“INPP’s capacity is now insufficient, because of a strong demand for professional training,” said Maurice Tshikuya, director-general of the institute.

The facilities funded by Japan would be “focused on the field of electrotechnology”, Radio Okapi reported him as saying.

Tshikuya added that thanks to the finance, INPP hoped to “develop skills in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and – why not? – in Central Africa”.

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