New Delhi: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Friday evening met with Akihiko Tanaka, President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency, with their talks focusing on JICA’s continued engagement with Indian infrastructure and connectivity projects.
The meeting comes ahead of Japanese PM Fumio Kishida’s India visit on March 20-21 during which he is to hold talks with PM Modi.
EAM Jaishankar in a tweet said:
“Good to meet with Dr. Akihiko Tanaka, President, Japan International Cooperation Agency today evening.
“Conversation focused on JICA’s continued engagement with Indian infrastructure and connectivity.”
Earlier this month, JICA extended an Official Development Assistance loan of Rs 1,927 crore for the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link project – an 18 km-long marine road and a four km land approach road to connect central Mumbai with Navi Mumbai across the Mumbai Bay.
Japanese ODA to India covers transport, electric power, water and sewage, agriculture and forestry and other areas, with about 70 projects currently being implemented, according to JICA. Transport accounts for two-thirds of total loan commitments, and includes urban, freight and high-speed railways, and roads.
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