The ninth An­nual Ja­pan – Bhutan Con­sul­ta­tion

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The Ninth An­nual Ja­pan-Bhutan Con­sul­ta­tion was held in Delhi on 15th Au­gust 2014. Direc­tor Gen­eral Kinga Singye, Bi­lat­eral Depart­ment of the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs led a 9-mem­ber del­e­ga­tion com­pris­ing of rep­re­sen­ta­tives from For­eign Min­istry, GNHC, MoAF and MoWHS.

Dur­ing the con­sul­ta­tion the two gov­ern­ments re­viewed and as­sessed the pro­jects that are be­ing im­ple­mented in Bhutan with Ja­pan’s as­sis­tance. Over the years Ja­pan’s as­sis­tance has di­ver­si­fied into many ar­eas, but the main fo­cus con­tin­ues to be in agri­cul­ture and ru­ral devel­op­ment. Given the im­por­tance at­tached by the royal gov­ern­ment on en­hanc­ing the food pro­duc­tion and pro­duc­tiv­ity, the royal gov­ern­ment pro­posed for Chi­wog grant as­sis­tance for farm mech­a­niza­tion and ser­vices, where re­quest has been made for 1450 power tillers within 11th FYP. Bhutan has also pro­posed for Im­prove­ment of ma- chin­ery and equip­ments for con­struc­tion and main­te­nance of ru­ral agri­cul­ture road.

In view of the im­por­tance of bridges in con­nect­ing peo­ples, Bhutan has pro­posed pro­jects for re­con­struc­tion of bridges on Gele­phu-Trongsa High­way. The Bhutanese side also re­it­er­ated the sup­port of the Gov­ern­ment of Ja­pan for es­tab­lish­ing charg­ing sta­tions across the coun­try.

On tech­ni­cal co­op­er­a­tion, royal gov­ern­ment has re­quested for as­sis­tance on in­te­grated hor­ti­cul­ture farm­ing and ru­ral devel­op­ment 2015-2020 and Ca­pac­ity Devel­op­ment in Qual­ity Con­struc­tion and Main­te­nance of Bridges in the Coun­try.

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