DIMAPUR, MAY 28 (NPN) |
In a major development that is likely to auger well for bamboo industry in Nagaland in particular and the entire Northeast in general, an India-Taiwan Bamboo Technical Centre has been proposed to be set up here.
This was proposed during a meeting between chief minister Neiphiu Rio and ambassador of Taiwan to India Chung Kwang Tien at Nagaland House in New Delhi on Tuesday.
During the meeting, it was also proposed that the centre will be set up by Nagaland Bamboo Development Agency (NBDA) in association with Taiwan-based bamboo companies and experts in areas of R&D, technology transfer, skill development, investments in bamboo sector, marketing, etc.
It was decided that a team from Taiwan will visit Nagaland and work out modalities to establish the centre at the earliest, even as both the parties agreed to work out details for formalising a MoU at the earliest to promote this cooperation.
As the key focus of the meeting was to seek technical cooperation from Taiwan for technical collaboration in the bamboo sector for value addition and promotion, discussions centred on building a workable association whereby Taiwan will help the bamboo industry in Nagaland and the entire Northeast.
While the chief minister called upon experts from Taiwan to intervene and assist in augmenting the bamboo industry in Nagaland to help it compete in the international market, the Taiwanese ambassador expressed his willingness to tie up with the State for further promoting the industry.
Other aspects of the cooperation will be to foster socio-economic and cultural relations between the people of Taiwan and Nagaland.
Chaired by adviser to chief minister Abu Metha, the meeting was attended by officials from the Embassy of Taiwan, including assistant ambassador Frank TF Tsay and counsellor & director of Science and Technology Division, Embassy of Taiwan, Prof Dr Henry H. Chen, along with Nagaland government officials, including principal resident commissioner Jyoti Kailash, NBDA mission director Imtirenla Jamir, deputy resident commissioner of Nagaland House, New Delhi, Kethosituo Sekhose, South Asia Bamboo Foundation president and NBDA consultant Kamesh Salam and NBDA team member Dr Tolto Metha. This was stated in a DIPR release.