(Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan)
“Anyone can become an entrepreneur anywhere in the world, as long as they have a passion for what they want to do and the ability to see it through.”
That is what JICA Expert FUWA Naonobu, who is engaged in supporting entrepreneurs, strongly asserts.
Last year, JICA launched “Project NINJA (NINJA: Next Innovation with Japan),” a platform for entrepreneurship support, with the aim of fostering entrepreneurs who can solve social issues as businesses and create high-quality jobs to assist nation-building in developing countries. As part of the project, a business plan competition for businesses emerging during the COVID-19 outbreak was launched for 19 African countries. On Feb. 26 this year, 10 companies that passed the rigorous screening will make their presentations online*.