New Delhi, August 4: While Japan has been constantly initiating a helping hand towards India for infrastructural development in North Eastern states. The first meeting of the Japan-India Coordination Forum (JICF) for Development of North-Eastern Region was held in New Delhi.
India Japan Coordination Forum for Development of North East has been set up to focus on strategic projects such as connectivity and road network development, electricity, food processing, organic farming, tourism and disaster management.
“Development of North East is a priority for India and a key to promoting its Act East Policy. Japan has also placed a special emphasis on cooperation in North East for its geographical importance connecting India to South-East Asia and historical ties,” the spokesperson said in an email.
Senior Officers of the Ministry of Home Affairs, External Affairs, Department of Economic Affairs, and line Ministries of Government of India including Road Transport & Highways, Agriculture, Power besides Resident Commissioners of the eight States of the NER participated in the meeting. The Japanese delegation included Kenko Sone, Minister, Economic Affairs, Embassy of Japan, besides representatives from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) and Japan Foundation.
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit India in September when he is expected to attend the groundbreaking ceremony of Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail corridor.