An eminent 10-member d elegation led by chairperson of Special Committee on Official Development Assistance (ODA) of the House of Councilors, H.E. Ms. Eriko Yamatani called on Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay at the Gyalyong Tshogkhang, Thursday.
The delegation and Lyonchhen discussed on pertinent areas of development for extending Official Development Assistance (ODA) from Japan to Bhutan.
ODA is undertaken by governments or government agencies and the core objective of ODA is promotion of economic development and welfare in developing nations.
Ambassador of Japan to Bhutan, H.E. Mr.Takeshi Yagi also called on the Prime Minister earlier this week on September 17. The ambassador is visiting Bhutan for the second time. Mr. Yagi last visited Bhutan in December, 2012.
Lyonchhen told Mr. Yagi that he is not only delighted but also very honoured to receive a series of high-profile visits from Japan.
“These visits are a sign of enduring friendship that Bhutan and Japan has been fostering ever since the establishment of diplomatic relations decades ago,” Lyonchhen said.
“It reinforces our friendship and gives us confidence that a young democracy can withstand with time-tested friends. We are extremely grateful to receive unwavering cooperation and aid from Japan for the 11th Five Year Plan. The successful implementation of the plan translates to achieving the overall goal of self-reliance and inclusive green socio-economic development,” Lyonchhen added.
Ambassador Yagi thanked and congratulated Lyonchhen for successfully assuming the post of the prime minister and said that they will ‘remain willing and ready to extend their support to Bhutan in all times to come’.
Lyonchhen also congratulated the ambassador for the success of Tokyo’s bid in hosting the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games, the greatest sporting event in the world.