Staff Reporter  

Ambassador of Bhutan to Japan V Namgyel and Ambassador of Japan to Bhutan Satoshi Suzuki signed the exchange of notes for the Project for the Development of Digital Topographic Map yesterday in New Delhi, India.

For the project, the Government of Japan will provide a grant of Yen 796 million to Bhutan to develop a digital topographic map of parts of Bhutan that are not digitally mapped.

According to a press release from the foreign ministry, the digital topographic map will provide updated and reliable geospatial information, including accurate coordinate data which will benefit numerous sectors including agriculture, land management, environment, infrastructure development and disaster prevention.

The press release stated that the Government of Japan has been generously supporting Bhutan in many different areas, such as agriculture, telecommunications, rural electrification, construction of bridges, building of schools, providing farm machinery fire engines, police patrol cars, compactor trucks, ambulances, and medical equipment. “The Royal Government of Bhutan also deeply appreciates the recent support received from the Government of Japan to fight against the spread of Covid-19.”

The project will be implemented by the National Land Commission Secretariat.

“Ambassador V Namgyel conveyed the deep appreciation of the Government and People of Bhutan to the Government and People of Japan for their steadfast and generous support to Bhutan’s socio-economic development for many years, and for their assurances of continued support in the years ahead,” stated the press release.