Agartala: Japan will extend all possible help for development of Tripura, especially in the fields of communication infrastructures, bamboo related industries, disaster management and human resource development among others.
“We are ready with open mind to support Tripura in its development activities as the state is situated in an important location and Bangladesh is a big market and good place for doing market. We will encourage our people to invest here”, reiterated Japanese Ambassador to India Kenji Hiramatsu in a programme at Tripura University (Central) and in a press conference following a courtesy meeting with chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb at Civil Secretariat here in Agartala city on Friday.
He said, “There is an Act East Forum and Japan is the member of it. The government at Centre led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi changed the policy from ‘Look East’ to ‘Act East’ with an aim to develop this region to the utmost level. With the help of this forum, Japanese companies would invest through MoUs between government to government. In future, there would be better infrastructure with incentives coming local government”.
Japanese Ambassador to India Kenji Hiramatsu on his first visit to Tripura said the government of Japan is attaching high importance to improve connectivity of Northeastern Indian states with other South Asian countries like Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Myanmar.
Hiramatsu added improving connectivity and infrastructure in Northeast India are among priority sectors of his government. “The Government of Japan is attaching high priority in developing connectivity of NE India with South Asian countries like Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Myanmar”, he said.
He also said during the last visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in October last year, both the countries have decided to help each other in different development sector.
“Both the countries would co-operate in different development sectors, including connectivity, forest management and supporting local communities in making bamboo based handicrafts”, he told reporters adding that they are happy to support bamboo industries here and they have also sent expertise in the bamboo and cane development institute in Tripura.
The Japanese envoy while delivering his speech on the subject titled “Transformed Partnership between Japan and India–Special Strategic and Global Partnership” also expressed interest in collaborating with Tripura University in faculty, student exchange programs with top Japanese varsities as well as introducing Japanese language courses here.
“Japanese companies are coming in a big way to India. So far Japanese companies were supporting mostly in manufacturing industries. But now in lot of new areas of investments are expanding such as retailing, service sectors, Banking, IT, start ups etc”, he added.
Vice Chancellor of Tripura University Prof V L Dharurkar, in response, said that next year 20 students from the varsity would be sent to Japanese universities as part of the proposed exchange programme and also a Japanese language centre would be opened here in Tripura University. He also said that the varsity would take steps for faculty exchange programmes with best of Japanese universities soon. He also said the UGC and HRD agreed to opening up of four departments in Tripura University –Archeology, Tourism, Liberal Arts and Dramatics & Performing Arts.