India, Japan working on NE devp initiative

Spl Correspondent

NEW DELHI, Jan 30: India is working with Japan on the ‘India-Japan Initiative for Sustainable Development of the North East Region of India’ that will be finalised by February-end, to keep it ready for the next annual summit between the Prime Ministers of both countries.

Speaking at the 5th India-Japan Act East Forum, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said India wanted the joint initiative for strengthening bamboo value chain tray in the Northeast to be developed at the earliest.

He also urged Japan to develop plans on the “idea of doing some joint work” in the Ima Market in Imphal.

This initiative will bring together all ongoing and future projects in the Northeast under the umbrella of the Act East Forum. It will cover a wide range of areas from agriculture, fisheries, agro-industries, urban development, healthcare, forestry and connectivity, among others.

Shringla said the two nations should also look into promotion of tourism and art and cultural exchanges. He said several projects discussed during the last meeting on connectivity, water supply and sewerage management, power, forestry and capacity building are under implementation.

India hailed Japan for positively considering, besides others, the Guwahati sewerage project as well as the Sikkim Major District Roads project. Shringla also called for personal intervention of the Ambassador of Japan in adding momentum to projects, such as the Smart City project in Kohima and Japanese Industrial Township at Nagarbera in Kamrup district.