Di­a­logue with States: Ja­pan Meets Bi­har

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FICCI's Fo­rum of Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans in part­ner­ship with the Em­bassy of Ja­pan or­ga­nized the 'Di­a­logue with States – Ja­pan Meets Bi­har' in Patna on 11 June 2018. The Ja­panese Am­bas­sador to In­dia, Kenji Hi­ra­matsu had an­nounced this joint ini­tia­tive of Ja­pan Em­bassy and FICCI's In­dia Ja­pan Fo­rum of Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans dur­ing the bud­get ses­sion in April 2018.

The first di­a­logue ti­tled 'Ja­pan Meets Bi­har' held at Patna brought to­gether a com­pre­hen­sive group of stake­hold­ers com­pris­ing elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives, se­nior in­dus­try mem­bers of the re­gion, pol­icy mak­ers and In­dian and state govern­ment of­fi­cials.

Chair of FICCI's In­dia Ja­pan Fo­rum of Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans, Bhu­pen­der Ya­dav, Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment, ex­pressed op­ti­mism and said, 'I al­ways en­cour­age in­ter­ac­tions like this. Ex­changes like this en­deav­our to for­tify peo­ple to peo­ple con­nect which is one of the pri­mary pil­lars of In­dia Ja­pan col­lab­o­ra­tion. In­dia's part­ner­ship with Ja­pan has al­ways been spe­cial. I am con­fi­dent that In­dia and Ja­pan col­lab­o­ra­tion with fo­cus to Bi­har will flour­ish in years to come es­pe­cially with fo­cus on so­cio­cul­tural hub.'

Speak­ing at this di­a­logue, Harsh­vard­han Neo­tia, Past Pres­i­dent, FICCI and Chair­man of FICCI's Fo­rum of Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans Coun­cil, said, 'To fur­ther deepen the out­reach, FICCI in part­ner­ship with the Em­bassy of Ja­pan has launched Di­a­logue Se­ries with States fo­cus­ing on the grow­ing con­ver­gence in the po­lit­i­cal, eco­nomic and strate­gic in­ter­ests of the na­tion at na­tional and state level. As Ma­hatma Gandhi said, In­dia lives in its vil­lages. For FICCI, it is very im­por­tant as In­dia's na­tional in­dus­try as­so­ci­a­tion to con­nect to states as that is where real eco­nomic progress, in­no­va­tion and de­vel­op­ment are ini­ti­ated. It is in­creas­ingly im­por­tant to form the in­ter­na­tional con­nect as well, as we see states reach­ing out to coun­tries abroad for part­ner­ships for de­vel­op­ment.'

In his key­note ad­dress, Am­bas­sador Hi­ra­matsu said, 'Bi­har is the state best suited to in­au­gu­rate this new ini­tia­tive. This state is not only the 'Heart of In­dia', but also rep­re­sents the spir­i­tual and re­li­gious ties which usher in the long, deep and wide-rang­ing re­la­tion­ship between Ja­pan and In­dia. Chief Min­is­ter of Bi­har Ni­tish Ku­mar vis­ited Nara Pre­fec­ture in­clud­ing To­daiji Tem­ple in Fe­bru­ary 2018, and dis­cussed with Nara Gov­er­nor, Shogo Arai, about pur­su­ing a friend­ship ar­range­ment between the state of Bi­har and Nara Pre­fec­ture. I strongly hope that fu­ture-ori­ented co­op­er­a­tion between the two provinces with com­mon Bud­dhist her­itage will be ma­te­ri­al­ized.'

Chan­chal Ku­mar, Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­tary, Govern­ment of Bi­har, pointed out, firstly, we are in­ter­ested in semi-high-speed rail link­age 'Ahimsa Rail' for tourist places on the Bud­dhist cir­cuit. We have asked for fi­nan­cial and tech­no­log­i­cal sup­port for the said rail ser­vice con­nect­ing the im­por­tant tourist lo­ca­tions of Patna, Gaya, Bod­hgaya, Ra­j­gir and Na­landa. Sec­ondly, as Ja­pan is highly ex­pe­ri­enced and ef­fi­cient in han­dling the nat­u­ral dis­as­ter mat­ters and as Bi­har is also a dis­as­ter-prone state with the con­stant threat of floods and earth­quakes, co­op­er­a­tion in tech­no­log­i­cal and man­age­ment skills for dis­as­ter man­age­ment would be wel­come. Thirdly, to strengthen tra­di­tional and cul­tural bond­ing, we pro­posed to have a twin­ning agree­ment between the Ja­panese state/pre­fec­ture of Nara and the state of Bi­har. As both the places are his­tor­i­cally con­nected with the Bud­dhist cul­tural ex­changes such bond­ing will not only re­con­nect the two an­cient civ­i­liza­tions but it will also strengthen the bi­lat­eral re­la­tion­ship between In­dia and Ja­pan.

Shaibal Gupta, Di­rec­tor, ADRI, spoke about the vi­sion of cre­at­ing Bi­har as the ru­ral cul­tural hub. KPS Keshri, Pres­i­dent, Bi­har In­dus­tries As­so­ci­a­tion, made a pre­sen­ta­tion on busi­ness and eco­nomic pos­i­tiv­ity in Bi­har.

Harsh­vard­han Neo­tia, Past Pres­i­dent, FICCI and Chair­man of FICCI's Fo­rum of Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans Coun­cil (cen­tre) with Kenji Hi­ra­matsu, Ja­panese Am­bas­sador to In­dia (3rd from left).

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