Biren keen to reap benefits of Indo-Japan cordiality

IMPHAL, 22nd Jun: Chief Minister N Biren Singh has asserted that the Indo-Japan partnership could explore opportunities in Manipur in areas like road connectivity infrastructure, tourism, trade capacity building and healthcare.
He was speaking at the Commemoration of Platinum Jubilee of The Battle of Imphal held at Manipur State Film Development Society (MSFDS) auditorium, Palace Compound on Saturday. Ambassador of Japan to India Kenji Hiramatsu, British High Commissioner Dominic Asquith, Manipur Tourism chairman MLA Dr Sapam Ranjan and Nippon Foundation chairman Yohei Sasakawa were the guests of honour of the event.
Speaking as chief guest of the event, the chief minister noted that mechanisms could be institutionalized for collaboration amongst educational and medical institutions in the field of research, training, exchange programmes, etc. He maintained that Manipur is the gateway to south east Asian countries and considering this the state government is actively considering setting-up of a logistics park, a gems and jewellery park and a second food park in the state.
Integrated Check Post at Moreh has now been commissioned for boosting border management and trade infrastructure, he added.
With regard to the jubilee event, he mentioned that such commemoration reminded of the courage and sacrifices made by our forefathers in the past. Human progress and prosperity must be based on the foundation of peace and collaboration, the chief minister averred.
Biren recalled that the battle of Imphal was one of the fiercest and most important battles of the Second World War and the commemoration brings back the memories of the extraordinary events that took place across Manipur in 1944. He also highlighted the possible scopes for collaborative efforts that the state government can take up with the help of Japanese government in the field of road connectivity, tourism, infrastructure, health and education.
Biren pointed out that Manipur is geographically placed in an important location for international trade and commerce with the opening of Trans Asian Highway and Trans Asian Railways.
He maintained that law and order situation in the state has improved significantly and investors are welcomed to invest in different sectors. Assuring that the state government will ensure safe, secure and productive investment with good returns, Biren also underlined that Manipur has huge potential in handloom & handicrafts and the government has formulated a new Textile policy to encourage the artisans and entrepreneurs of the state. He also highlighted the need for educational and institutional exchange programmes between Manipur and Japan and to continue the good relationship with the idea of promoting peace, partnership and prosperity.
Ambassador of Japan to India Kenji Hiramatsu expressed gratitude to Manipur government for the initiative of establishing Imphal Peace Museum and shared his vision for a future-oriented cooperation between Japan and North Eastern Region of India.
Speaking at the occasion, British High Commissioner Dominic Asquith recalled the memories of the war and went on to say that the Battle of Imphal was a vital turning point in the Second World War and the sacrifices made by brave soldiers helped to change the course of history.
He said that today India, Japan and United Kingdom stand as great democracies and are determined to stand together as an international community firmly committed to preservation of the rule of law, underpinned by resolute and professional Armed Forces to deter those who would have it otherwise.
Later, a souvenir to mark the commemoration of Battle of Imphal was released jointly by Chief Minister Biren, Kenji Hiratmasu and Dominic Asquith. Secretary of Manipur Tourism Forum, Haobam Joyremba also made a power point presentation on Imphal Peace Museum at the occasion. Later in the evening, a cultural show was presented.

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