Ambassador V Namgyel, Ambassador of Bhutan to India signed the Exchange of Notes and Grant Agreements with His Excellency Mr. Hideaki Domichi, Ambassador of Japan to Bhutan and Mr. Hidetoshi Irigaki, Resident Representative of JICA, India Office for the following three projects today at a ceremony held at the Embassy of Japan in New Delhi.
1. Food Security Project for Underprivileged Farmers
2. The Project for Reconstruction of Bridges- Phase III (Detailed Design)
3. Non-Project Grant Assistance
Under the Project Food Security Project for Underprivileged Farmers, the Government of Japan will provide a grant of Japanese Yen ¥ 180,000,000.00 which will be used to procure agricultural machineries from Japan.
Under the Project for Reconstruction of Bridges- Phase III (Detailed Design), the Government of Japan will provide a grant of Japanese Yen ¥ 62,000,000.00 to undertake a detailed design for reconstruction of bridges across the country.
The Royal Government of Bhutan, for the first time, will also be receiving Japanese Yen ¥ 200,000,000.00 under Non-Project Grant Assistance. With this grant, the Royal Government of Bhutan can procure various equipment and machineries from Japan.
Non-Project Grant Assistance is administered directly by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs while the other two projects will be administered by JICA.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Ambassador V Namgyel conveyed the deep appreciation of the government and people of Bhutan for their continued support to Bhutan. Ambassador V Namgyel said that the Government of Japan had made invaluable contribution in the socio-economic development of Bhutan over the years.
The Government of Japan is one of the major bilateral donors for the Royal Government of Bhutan.
13 March 2009
Royal Bhutanese Embassy