13th Annual consultations between Bhutan and Japan
T he 13th annual consultation between Bhutan and Japan on economic cooperation was held in New Delhi last Tuesday.
The acting head of the Department of Bilateral Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Phuntsho Drukpa led the Bhutanese delegation comprising officials from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Ministry of Works and Human Settlement, Gross National Happiness Commission, National Land Commission, National Commission for Women and Children, and the Royal Bhutanese Embassy, New Delhi.
The Japanese side was led by Mr. Kenko Sone, Minister (Economic and Development), Embassy of Japan, New Delhi and officials from the JICA Bhutan Office including Mr. Koji Yamada, Chief Representative, JICA Bhutan Office.
The two sides discussed the achievements of the 11th Five Year Plan, integration of the SDGs into the 12th Five Year Plan and its objectives, status of Japanese assistance to Bhutan, bilateral development assistance needs survey, and other areas of cooperation. The two sides reviewed the ongo- ing projects and deliberated on the prioritized projects submitted by Bhutan.
Instituted in 2006, the annual consultation between Bhutan and Japan on economic cooperation serves as a meaningful and purposeful platform for the two governments to review and exchange views on bilateral economic cooperation.
The leader of the Bhutanese delegation con- veyed Bhutan‘s appreciation to the Government of Japan for its steadfast support to Bhutan’s socioeconomic development for many years and for its assurances of continued support in the years ahead.
The ambassador of Japan to Bhutan, Kenji Hiramatsu hosted a lunch in honuor of the Bhutanese delegation at the Japanese Embassy.