The Prime Minister met H.E. Mr. Shinichi Kitaoka, President of JICA and delegation at the Gyalyong Tshogkhang on Wednesday.
The PM extended a warm welcome to the President and conveyed that he was delighted to have him visiting Bhutan. Lyonchhen also congratulated the President for assuming this very important post in October and wished him well in all his endeavors.
Cooperation in the agriculture sector remains to be the hallmark of Bhutan-Japan relations since Dasho Nishioka’s arrival in 1964 and Japan’s economic assistance to Bhutan began during the 4th Five Year Plan (1976-1981), particularly in provision of agricultural machinery.
Bhutan has also received generous assistance from the Government of Japan in other important areas of the country’s socio-economic development such as energy, roads, telecommunications, health and education.
In the past, RGoB has availed the services of 138 senior volunteers and 400 Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCVs). As of November 2015, there are 11 JOCVs and 15 senior volunteers in the country today.
Bhutan celebrates 30 years of establishment of formal diplomatic relations with Japan next year.