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A team of Japanese officials from the Office of the Special Advisor to Mr. Shinzō Abe, the Japanese Prime Minister paid a familiarisation visit to the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR).

The Delegation was led by Mr. Kawai Katsuyuki, a member of the House of Representatives in Japan and a special advisor to the Japanese Prime Minister. He was accompanied by the Japanese Ambassador to Ghana, Mr. Kaoru Yoshimura.

The Team was received by the Director of the Institute, Professor Koram, the Institute Administrator, Mr. Okyere Boateng and some Research Fellows of the Institute. In his welcome address, Professor Koram briefed the team on the mandate and the achievements of the Institute. He said the Institute was very happy with the cordial relationship between the NMIMR and the Japanese government and support it had enjoyed and continues to receive through JICA on various projects over the years and currently the new research centre which had received the Japanese Cabinet’s approval for construction.

On his part, Mr. Kawai Katsuyuki expressed his gratitude for the warm reception they received and also thanked the Institute for the good work it was doing. He encouraged all to work towards strengthening the collaboration between Japan and Ghana in the area of research.

Mr. Kawai Katsuyuki said in line with the bilateral ties between the two countries the Prime Minister had invited the President of the republic of Ghana and to a summit in Japan. He hinted that at the summit the future of the Institute, its role in disease control and eradication and JICA’s continuous support for the Institute will be discussed. 

In his closing remarks he urged NMIMR to continue with its excellent work.

The team was conducted around some departments and laboratories in the Institute including the P3 Laboratory and the Solar ‘farm’.

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