11th An­nual Con­sul­ta­tion be­tween Bhutan and Ja­pan on eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion

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The 11th an­nual con­sul­ta­tion be­tween Bhutan and Ja­pan on eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion took place in New Delhi on 23 Au­gust 2016.

Am­bas­sador Kezang Wangdi, Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs led the Bhutanese del­e­ga­tion com­pris­ing of of­fi­cials from the Gross Na­tional hap­pi­ness Com­mis­sion, Min­istry of Eco­nomic Af­fairs, Min­istry of Works and Hu­man Set­tle­ment, Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture and For­est, Na­tional Land Com­mis­sion, Bhutan Tele­com Lim­ited and the Royal Bhutanese Em­bassy, New Delhi. The Ja­panese side was led by Mr. KenKo Sone, Min­is­ter for eco­nomic and de­vel­op­ment of the em­bassy of Ja­pan in New Delhi and of­fi­cials from the JICA Bhutan Of­fice in­clud­ing Mr. Koji Ya­mada, chief rep­re­sen­ta­tive, JICA Bhutan Of­fice.

The two sides ex­changed views on the sta­tus of Ja­panese as­sis­tance to Bhutan, the progress of the 11th Five Year Plan, prepa­ra­tion sta­tus of the 12th Five year Plan, bi­lat­eral de­vel­op­ment as­sis­tance needs sur­vey and other is­sues of mu­tual in­ter­est.

The an­nual con­sul­ta­tions be­tween Bhutan and Ja­pan on Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion which was in­sti­tuted in 2006 serves as a mean­ing­ful and pur­pose­ful avenue for the two gov­ern­ments to re­view and ex­change Views on bi­lat­eral eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion. The 11th con­sul­ta­tions were held in a friendly and cor­dial at­mos­phere. The two sides re­viewed on the on­go­ing projects and de­lib­er­ated on the pri­or­i­tized projects sub­mit­ted by Bhutan. The two sides viewed the con­sul­ta­tion as be­ing fo­cused, mean­ing­ful and suc­cess­ful.

Speak­ing at the con­sul­ta­tion, Am­bas­sador Ke­sang Wangdi con­veyed the ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the Bhutanese gov­ern­ment of Bhutan to the Gov­ern­ment of Ja­pan for its stead­fast sup­port to Bhutan’s de­vel­op­ment for many years which has con­trib­uted to im­prov­ing the qual­ity of life of the Bhutanese peo­ple. He also con­veyed the deep ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the gov­ern­ment and peo­ple of Bhutan to the gov­ern­ment and peo­ple of Ja­pan for their con­tin­ued gen­er­ous as­sis­tance and friend­ship.

Ja­panese Am­bas­sador Kenji Hi­ra­matsu, hosted a lunch in honour of the Bhutanese del­e­ga­tion at the Ja­panese em­bassy in New Delhi.

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