After serving as Deputy Chief of the Training Department (TD) and concurrent Deputy Secretary-General of SEAFDEC since April 2010, Mr. Kenji Matsumoto has completed his assignment at SEAFDEC in March 2013. During his term, Mr. Matsumoto played significant roles particularly in driving the implementation of projects supported by the Japanese Trust Fund towards achieving its objectives in enhancing sustainable fisheries production from the region. The farewell reception to honor the completion of Mr. Matsumoto’s task with SEAFDEC was arranged on 22 March at the premises of TD in Samut Prakan.
To carry on the momentum of the activities steered by Mr. Matsumoto, the Japanese Government recently nominated Mr. Hajime Kawamura as the new Deputy Chief of TD. Mr. Kawamura has worked for the staff of Cabinet Secretariat of Japan, and has extensive experience working at the Fisheries Agency of Japan for more than 30 years, including his temporary transfer to the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). His knowledge and expertise on research and management of fisheries resources are envisaged to contribute greatly to the fisheries development in the Southeast Asian region through the SEAFDEC activities.