The 12th an­nual con­sul­ta­tion on eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Bhutan and Ja­pan

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The 12th an­nual con­sul­ta­tion on eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Bhutan and Ja­pan was held in Thim­phu last Wed­nes­day.

The Min­is­ter Coun­sel­lor for Eco­nomic & De­vel­op­ment, Em­bassy of Ja­pan in New Delhi Kenko SONE, led a nine mem­ber del­e­ga­tion, com­pris­ing of of­fi­cials from the Ja­panese Em­bassy in New Delhi and JICA Bhutan Of­fice in Thim­phu.

Sim­i­larly, a 14 mem­ber Bhutanese del­e­ga­tion was led by Am­bas­sador Ke­sang Wangdi, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Bi­lat­eral De­part­ment, Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs.

The 11th An­nual Con­sul­ta­tion was held in August last year in New Delhi. Since its in­cep­tion in 2006, the An­nual Con­sul­ta­tions con­tin­ues to serves as a mean­ing­ful av­enue for the two coun­tries to re­view and ex­change views on on­go­ing, as well as fu­ture bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion pro­grams.

Ja­pan’s as­sis­tance to Bhutan is fo­cused in four main sec­tors of agri­cul­ture and ru­ral econ­omy de­vel­op­ment, eco­nomic in­fras­truc­ture de­vel­op­ment, so­cial de­vel­op­ment, and strength­en­ing good gov­er­nance. Since the last An­nual Con­sul­ta­tions, from August 2016 to August 2017 alone, the Govern­ment of Ja­pan has com­mit­ted a to­tal of USD 10.8 mil­lion through var­i­ous Grant Aid Projects and Grass­roots Grant Projects. Ja­pan’s to­tal as­sis­tance to Bhutan in the 11th FYP cy­cle amounts to USD 73 mil­lion.

The con­sul­ta­tions dis­cussed some new projects for which Bhutan pro­posed to avail the as­sis­tance of Ja­panese Govern­ment fol­low­ing the find­ings of the ‘Bhutan’s De­vel­op­ment Needs Sur­vey 2017-18,’ out­lined the pri­or­i­ties of the up­com­ing 12th FYP to guide up­com­ing de­vel­op­ment pro­grams and also dis­cussed the pro­posed draft Tech­ni­cal Agree­ment among other mat­ters.

Bhutan and Ja­pan share very close re­la­tions. The Ja­panese govern­ment and peo­ple have pro­vided in­valu­able friend­ship and sup­port over the past many decades for the so­cio-eco­nomic ad­vance­ment of Bhutan. The Royal Govern­ment is ex­tremely sat­is­fied with the cur­rent state of re­la­tions and co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries and re­mains con­fi­dent that the two sides would be able to make even more progress based on the spirit of friend­ship, un­der­stand­ing and co­op­er­a­tion that has pre­vailed so far.

Diplo­matic re­la­tions be­tween Bhutan and Ja­pan was es­tab­lished in March 1986.

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