SEAFDEC welcomes Mr. Koichi Honda as the new Deputy Secretary-General and Deputy Chief of the Training Department (TD), succeeding Mr. Akito Sato who had served as the Deputy Secretary-General and Deputy Chief of TD for two years from 1 May 2018 to 31 August 2020. Prior to his designation in SEAFDEC, Mr. Honda served as Senior Adviser of the Fisheries Infrastructure Development Center of Japan where he provided technical support to local governments on the development and management of fishery infrastructure, particularly on the recovery from the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and other natural disasters. In 2015-2017, he was the Director of Fisheries Division of Agriculture and Fisheries Department of the Hokkaido Regional Development Bureau and focused on the management and implementation of fishing port development projects.
Mr. Honda was nominated by the Government of Japan to serve in SEAFDEC for two years from 1 September 2020 to 31 August 2022. With his experiences in fishery infrastructure and fishery engineering, it is believed that he would greatly help and guide SEAFDEC in the implementation of its programs and projects for the benefit of all Member Countries.