Staff Reporter 

The 15th annual consultations between Bhutan and Japan on economic cooperation was held virtually yesterday.

The two sides discussed the status of Japanese assistance to Bhutan, Bilateral Development Assistance Needs Survey 2020, and other areas of cooperation.

According to a press release from the foreign ministry, the two sides also reviewed the ongoing projects and deliberated on the prioritised projects submitted by the Bhutan government.

Led by the Director of the Department of Bilateral Affairs, Sonam Tobgay, the Bhutanese delegation also presented the progress report on the 12th Plan.

Sonam Tobgay conveyed the government’s appreciation to the people and the Government of Japan for their support to Bhutan’s socio-economic development for many years and for their assurances of continued support in future.

The Japanese side was led by Shingo Miyamoto, Minister (Economic and Development), Embassy of Japan in New Delhi.

Officials from the JICA headquarters and JICA Bhutan Office including Chief Representative Kozo Watanabe participated in the consultation.

Instituted in 2006, the annual consultations between Bhutan and Japan on economic cooperation serves as a platform for the two governments to review and exchange views on bilateral economic cooperation.