New Delhi, May 17 :Japan has officially offered support for various ongoing as well as upcoming development and infrastructure projects in the North-Eastern region, officials said.
The Ambassador of Japan to India, Kenji Hiramatsu officially met the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Dr Jitendra Singh and conveyed his Government’s inclination to invest in North East and also offer any other feasible support for new ventures.
He said, the North-Eastern region of India has immense potential and with the kind of priority being given to the region by the Government of India the Government of Japan looks forward to engage itself as a partner at different levels, both financially and otherwise.
According to Kenji, the preferred States which the Government of Japan looks forward to invest in North East are Assam, followed by Manipur and Nagaland.
He said, besides the trade and entrepreneurship interest, the Government of Japan also has a historic emotional link with the region because it was in the area around Manipur and Nagaland that during the Second World War, around 30,000 Japanese soldiers got killed while fighting against the allied forces.
Jitendra Singh appreciated the offer made by the Government of Japan and said while the Ministry of DoNER will look forward to engagement of Japanese resources in the making of roads and bridges in the North-Eastern region, the Japanese partnership could also be utilized in the recent initiative of developing inland waterways transport along Brahmaputra river down to Bay of Bengal as well as supplementing the Venture Fund announced by DoNER Ministry for “Start-Ups” in North East. India Blooms News Service
Source: The Sangai Express