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Govt: Meteorological Training Paramount

Reinforcing meteorological training is mandatory for the region including Fiji because of the impact of climate change. The Deputy Secretary Operations for Infrastructure and Transport, Manasa Lesuma, made these comments
25 Apr 2017 11:35
Govt: Meteorological Training Paramount
Sitting:Third from Left:Director Fiji Metreorological Services Director Ravind Kumar,Deputy Secretary Operations for Infrastructure and Transport Mnasa Lesuma,Resident Representative of JICA Fiji Office Hiroyuki Sawada during the Regional Basic Instruction Package for Meteorological Technician Training" at Fiji Meteorological Services Office in Nadi April 24. PHOTO:LITIA TIKOMAILEPANONI

Reinforcing meteorological training is mandatory for the region including Fiji because of the impact of climate change.

The Deputy Secretary Operations for Infrastructure and Transport, Manasa Lesuma, made these comments yesterday while opening the Regional Training on Basic Instruction Package for Meteorological Technicians at the Fiji Meteorological Service Centre in Nadi.

He said: “This training is very important for staff of Meteorological Services in the region as it provides basic meteorological learning of the atmosphere and the entire weather phenomenon that occurs.

“Technicians need to observe, monitor and prepare accurate and timely weather reports to the Forecasting Centre Nadi through Global weather and climate observing programs and Telecommunication system.”

Mr Lesuma said it was significant that the Fiji Meteorological Centre and the Tropical Cyclone Centre played a vital role not only in providing the daily weather bulletins to the regional countries.

“Also assists in the training and capacity building of the meteorological service staff of the NMSs of the Pacific,” he said.

He also acknowledged the long standing co-operation with the government of Japan and in particular the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) which has been generously supporting this training programme.

The resident representative of JICA Fiji Office, Hiroyuki Sawada, said the training course aimed to provide the participants with a basic knowledge of atmospheric phenomena and processes that would enable them to become fully qualified meteorological observers.

“JICA promotes human resource capacity building and I am pleased that this training will further enhance the capability of meteorological technicians to better operate weather systems and equipment in all the National Meteorological Services in the regional countries,” said Mr Sawada.

The trainining ends on April 29.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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