Kohima, May 28 : To seek technical cooperation from Taiwan for technical collaboration in the bamboo sector for value addition and its promotion, a meeting was held today between Ambassador of Taiwan to India Chung Kwang Tien and Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio at Nagaland House in R K Puram of New Delhi.
According to an official release, the meeting was chaired by Abu Metha, Adviser to Chief Minister and attended by officials from the Embassy of Taiwan including Frank T F Tsay, Assistant Ambassador and Prof. Dr Henry H Chen, Counselor and Director of Science and Technology Division, Embassy of Taiwan along with officials from Nagaland including Jyoti Kailash, Principal Resident Commissioner, Imtirenla Jamir, Mission Director, NBDA, Kethosituo Sekhose, Deputy Resident Commissioner, Nagaland House, New Delhi, Kamesh Salam, President of South Asia Bamboo Foundation & Consultant, NBDA and Dr. Tolto Metha, Team Member, NBDA.
The key focus of the meeting was to seek technical cooperation from Taiwan for technical collaboration in the bamboo sector for value addition and its promotion.
The discussions included building a workable association whereby Taiwan will also help the bamboo industry in Nagaland and the NE region, where it was proposed to establish an “India- Taiwan Bamboo Technical Centre” Dimapur, Nagaland. This pilot plant will be implemented by NBDA in association with Taiwan based bamboo companies and experts in the areas of R&D, technology transfer, skill development, investments in bamboo sector, marketing, etc.
The Chief Minister called upon experts from Taiwan to intervene and assist in augmenting the bamboo industry in Nagaland potentially to compete in the international market.
The Taiwanese Ambassador also expressed his willingness to tie up with Nagaland and further promote this industry. It was decided that a team from Taiwan will visit Nagaland and work out modalities to establish the centre at the earliest.
Further both the parties agreed to work out details for formalising a MoU at the earliest to promote this cooperation. Other aspects of this cooperation will be to foster socio-economic and cultural relation between the people of Taiwan and Nagaland, the release said. (UNI)