India, Japan Conclude 6th Act East Forum Meet, Following 3 Grants For Infrastructures In UP, Ut’khand, Punjab

| Updated: 16 March, 2022 4:13 pm IST

NEW DELHI: India and Japan bilaterally convened the sixth joint meeting of the India-Japan Act East Forum yesterday in New Delhi under the stewardship of Harsh V Shringla, India’s Foreign Secretary and Suzuki Satoshi, Japan’s Ambassador to India, officials from both the sides informed.

Set up in 2017, the Act East Forum is a bilateral framework to table bilateral collaboration to develop North East India. Several officials from relevant Union Ministries and a few officials from the state governments of the North Eastern region of India attended the meeting. The meeting saw participation from Japan International Cooperation Agency and the Japan Foundation.

“With participation from the Embassy of Japan in Delhi, JICA, the Ministry of External Affairs and the North Eastern states, key areas such as road connectivity, health care, disaster resilience, and bamboo promotion were mentioned for future cooperation,” Embassy of Japan in India stated in a document.

Japan signed three grant contracts with India last week. A co-member of QUAD and several other forums, Japan has been running a scheme called Grant Assistance for Grassroots Projects since 1989 for development projects designed to meet the diverse basic human needs of the citizens in developing countries.  A set of three grant projects, one for Mobile Learning Bus, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, construction of Elementary School building in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh and setting up an Institute and an Eye Care Centre for the Blind, Mohali, Punjab were inked on March 10, 2022, an agency familiar with the development confirmed to The New Indian.

“Signed three new Grant Contracts under the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Projects (GGP) scheme for India. Sincerely hope that these grants will bear fruits as a shining symbol of the friendly relationship and cooperation between Japan and India,” Ambassador Suzuki Satoshi tweeted on March 11.

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