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A Message from the President

Hideki FURUNO
President of KITA

Last year saw Japan make the transition from the Heisei to the Reiwa era, and the enthronement ceremony for the new emperor was carried out smoothly in October. This year is Reiwa 2 in the Japanese calendar and, as the Year of the Mouse, it is also the start of a new 12-year cycle in the Chinese zodiac.

If we take a look at the global situation, President Trump continues to implement his doctrine of America First, and the US economy and job market are gradually improving thanks to strategies such as tax cuts and tariffs.@On the other hand, US-China trade friction and the Brexit issue are causing uncertainty in the global economy, and with potential flashpoints such as North Korea and the Middle East, there is considerable cause for unease about the global situation in the near future.

In Japan, the third Abe Cabinet is aiming to further boost Japanfs position in the global community via active engagement in foreign diplomacy. Kitakyushu is aiming to achieve the global objectives of the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) adopted at the UN summit in 2015. KITA also intends to make every effort to realize the SDGs.

Under these conditions, KITA has been undergoing an overhaul of our set-up since 2011, based upon the following medium and long term perspectives.

KITAfs Medium and Long Term Policies
1. Accumulation of KITAfs assets
2. Investigation of gwhat is typical of KITAh and the advantages of being based in Kitakyushu

KITAfs two-year guidelines for FY2019 and FY2020 are based on these perspectives, and we are moving forward with our goals of contributing to society and achieving sustainable growth. Below is an outline of the plan and our progress.

1. Enhance and improve project capabilities with the aim of establishing the KITA brand 1) Training brand: Reliable implementation, from the grasp of local needs to follow-up on outcomes (1) Further enrich the content of our training courses a. Accurately grasp the participantsf needs and provide sound solutions b. Respond to increasing diversification and specialization, and further develop and upgrade training sites (2) Create structures aimed at receiving orders for new training courses a. Improve follow-up on participants after they have completed their training course, and get an accurate grasp of local needs b. Identify new training needs and continue to promote the eduction of training issues c. Discuss commercialization of training follow-up [Progress] @@We are further strengthening links with JICA and continuing to make progress concerning further improvement of the training we offer. With regard to orders received for new training courses, we reached out to JICA Headquarters about commercialization of training follow-up and exchanged ideas concerning how to proceed overall. 2) Technical assistance brand: Offer overseas technical assistance leveraging the technologies and knowhow that have been accumulated in Kitakyushu, and support Kitakyushu companies in their expansion overseas (1) Promote international cooperation and technical cooperation a. Promote global environmental cooperation: Coordinate with the Kitakyushu Environment Bureau (including the Asian Center for Low Carbon Society) b. Promote training courses such as Ministry of Environment training (coordinate with various environmental research and training institutes) (2) Actively support Kitakyushu companies with regard to overseas business expansion a. Assist in business matching of Kitakyushu companies and overseas companies (coordinate with related departments in the Kitakyushu municipal government) b. Assist in consulting offered to Kitakyushu companies with regard to overseas business expansion (coordinate with related departments in the Kitakyushu municipal government) (3) Revitalize and expand the activities of the Kitakyushu Maintenance Engineering Society [Progress] @@Things are proceeding almost exactly to plan. With regard to our promotion of international and technical cooperation, support for waste competence in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and improvement of waste management in Davao, Philippines have been adopted as JICA grassroots technical assistance. A substantial increase in revenue is expected this year, almost exactly in line with our projections for the fiscal year.

2. Further promote the streamlining of project management, streamline administrative work and reduce costs 1) Clarifying the respective roles of organizations and operations, and boosting coordination between organizations 2) Promoting effective use of the IT infrastructure and improving its functions [Progress] @@We are further boosting coordination between organizations and moving forward with efficient administration.

3. Establish ourselves as a public interest incorporated foundation, and ensure transparency, fairness and disclosure 1) Scrupulously protecting information and providing full disclosure 2) Preparation of the relevant documents for external audits by the Cabinet Office and Kitakyushu municipal government 3) Securing daily manners as a public interest incorporated foundation [Progress] @@As an organization affiliated with the city of Kitakyushu and a public interest incorporated foundation, we are working diligently towards even greater transparency and fairness in our organizational management.

As indicated above, we are getting results for FY2019 almost exactly as planned. However, difficult outcomes are still anticipated in terms of income and expenditure. We will further strengthen KITAfs links with related organizations, as well as expanding our second key business of technical cooperation, and make a determined effort to improve our balance of income and expenditure. I humbly ask for your cooperation in all this.