PRESS RELEASE : March 3, 2022: India Japan Collaboration Projects In NER India With Bangladesh Will Be A Game Changer: Asian Confluence Dialogue

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March 3, 2022: India Japan Collaboration Projects In NER India With Bangladesh Will Be A Game Changer: Asian Confluence Dialogue (Original Concept Note and Agenda (For Reference):  https://bit.ly/3otJBpI )
Agriculture and Education in Skill Development can also be an area of Focus for India Japan Collaboration in North eastern Region:  Connectivity and collaboration with Bangladesh will be a key factor: This was highlighted at the second India Japan Intellectual Web Dialogue “ on the theme “Development of India’s North Eastern Region and Neighbourhood:   India-Japan Collaboration for   Fostering Entrepreneurship and People Connectivity”  organized by Asian Confluence in collaboration with the Embassy of Japan in India.  In his inaugural address, Amb. Suzuki Satoshi, ambassador of Japan in India said that “the comprehensive collaboration between India and Japan provides the landlocked North East with access to the Bay of Bengal and access to ASEAN countries, which plays a key role in unleashing enormous potential of growth and prosperity based on better access to the Indian Ocean, becomes crucial for the improvement of people’s lives”.  In the area of agri-business, “How can we upgrade the quality of original and unique products in North East India? How can we work together for developing skills pertaining to agri-business?” Mr.M.P. Bezbaruah, former Member North Eastern Council and Chairman of the Governing Council of Asian Confluence highlitghted specific areas of collaboration in his opening remarks. 
In her special address, Ms. Smita Pant, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs, highlighted all the initiatives underway in services being augmented based on the hard infrastructure connectivity initiatives which have already made progress. With abundant produce and strategic locational advantage, NER can be a major player in India’s International Trade with neighbours particularly in the area of agriculture trade she noted .
Challenges on how to attract Japanese Companies to the region exist: Market linkages, developing skilled human resources and ensuring security are key factors. As Bangladesh graduates from LDC status and more interest is being generated in Japanese Companies on doing business in Bangladesh, connectivity and joint projects between NER and Bangladesh with Japanese collaboration can be a unique selling point, experts pointed out.
The theme was further delved in across two sessions on “Empowering Entrepreneurs” and “Fostering People to People Contacts”.  Several ideas were discussed at the well-attended web dialogue which witnessed participation from a wide range of  key drivers : Mr. Kunihiko Kawazu, Deputy Chief of Mission, Japan Embassy, Mr. Mitsunori Saito, Chief Representative JICA India, Mr. Yasuyuki Murahashi, DG, JETRO, India, Mr. Koji Sato, Japan Foundation, Mr. K.N. Kumar, Chairman Meghalaya Farmers Commission, Dr. K.K. Dwivedi, Principal Secretary Trade and Act East Policy Affairs, Assam, Prof. A.K. Enamul Haque from East West University, Dhaka, Dr. T.G. Sitharam, Director IIT Guwahati and Mr. Ajay Sethi Founder ASA Associates Management Consulting firm.  Ms Yui Nakamura from Sasakawa Peace Foundation also highlighted the need to build more cultural infrastructure to bring higher awareness of the diversity and cultural nuances of the region. 
The Asian Confluence curated dialogue saw vibrant exchanges chaired by Asian Confluence Governing Council Member and former Chairman Asian Development Bank, Mr. Rajat Nag. Specific product ideas such as buckwheat, bamboo, spices, shitake mushroom, medicinal plants, skill development, language training courses, matching with educational institutions were discussed. Mr. Kazuhide Sugimoto a leading grower of Mushrooms made a presentation at the dialogue as did Mr. K.N. Kumar Chairman Meghalaya Farmers Commission who spoke on specific initiatives on Buckwheat in Meghalaya and Mr. Kamesh Salam who spoke on Bamboo related projects underway.  "The attempt in this dialogue has been to not only highlight and promote further narratives of cooperation but also matchmaking to forge concrete collaborations on specific products by connecting entrepreneurs and opinion leaders from Japan, India and our neighbours from Bangladesh” said Sabyasachi Dutta ED Asian Confluence. The dialogue had wide participation from several universities and colleges across many States, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Japan and is expected to be followed up by a Third Round at the end of the year or early next year.