Belgium-Nagaland eye collaboration in IT, power sector

Belgium-Nagaland eye collaboration in IT, power sector
Ambassador of Kingdom of Belgium, Jan Luykx speaking at organized by the Department of IT&C, Department of Power and Kohima Smart City Development Ltd Company at Kohima
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Dimapur, May 8: Ambassador of Belgium to India, Jan Luykx has expressed optimism of collaboration between Belgium and Nagaland in the filed of IT and renewable energy.
“I’ve got a good feel of the state of Nagaland,” he stated while speaking at a welcome programme organized by the Department of IT&C, Department of Power and Kohima Smart City Development Ltd Company today in the conference hall of the Directorate of IT&C.
The Ambassador, who met the Governor and the Chief Minister of Nagaland earlier, stated that Belgium and India have signed memorandum of understanding in the field of IT and renewable energy and both Belgium and Nagaland can collaborate following the guidelines.
As far as smart cities are concerned, he said, “We know a lot about developing cities and about challenges related to developing a city but obviously smart cities involve from top level IT to basic infrastructural needs like sewage, we have a lot of knowledge in these. We are already involved in building smart cities in some other states in India so it is possible we can work together here in Kohima.”
Investment and Trade Commissioner for Flanders, Alexis said he was amazed by the enthusiasm of the young entrepreneurs in the state who want to work hard, contribute and change things. Speaking on the possibilities of synergies, he specifically mentioned Flanders in Belgium known for its logistics hub, infrastructure and connectivity. “Here we can learn from each other,” he said.
“For smart cities I’ll definitely contact with some cities in Belgium for collaborations, and in the field of IT sector India can re-develop and do much more as global service provider because India has smart and dynamic entrepreneurs in ITC,” he added.
Advisor Power, Tovihoto Ayemi expressed hope that with the visit of the Ambassador, avenues will be explored in the coming days with Belgium in the power sector. He stated that the Power Department is interested to introduce new technology in the State and requested the Ambassador to initiate steps for foreign collaboration and assured him that the elected representatives present will do whatever is possible to facilitate a joint venture between the Government of Nagaland and Belgium.
Advisor IT&C, Mmhonlumo Kikon highlighted the Act East Policy, which will open up a lot of opportunities in the region and enable the people to explore trade. He also pointed out that the State has a lot of potential and ultimately when the smart city happens a lot of integration is going to happen and the Government is interested towards fulfilment of its policy “change is coming.” He hoped that the visit of the Ambassador will enable the state to explore future possibility of collaboration with Belgium.
Minister for Urban Development & Municipal Affairs, Metsubo Jamir requested the Ambassador to assist the State with technologies which will bring tangible, durable and productive developments in the state.
(Page News Service)