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Ideas explored to form Jamshedpur-Toyota sister cities

Japanese delegation convenes meeting, city seeks help in smart municipal governance

Jamshedpur, May 8 : A delegation of the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR) and Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) led by Hashimoto Kenjiro, Executive Director of CLAIR, Singapore and Kazuya Nakajo, Chief Director General, JETRO held a meeting with district administration on Tuesday.

The delegation included Siau Min Yang from CLAIR, Kawamati Eiji from JETRO and Takayuki Hirota from JETRO.

“Jamshedpur is one of the cities for which CLAIR had expressed its interest to assist the Govt. of Jharkhand in forming Sister City Association with cities in Japan, Ranchi is the other city of interest.

Japan and Jharkhand have been closely working together since the Momentum Jharkhand Global Investor Summit in February 2017 where Japan was a partner country. A number of initiatives have been taken from both sides towards strengthening the relationship between Japan and Jharkhand, this include discussions on various areas for mutual cooperation and exchange of delegations,” noted an official.

Amit Kumar, deputy commissioner, East Singhbhum gave a warm welcome to the delegate members from JETRO and CLAIR. He congratulated CLAIR and JETRO for completing 30 years and 60 years of their formation, respectively. The meeting was attended by M Madhavi Mishra, SDM, Dalbhum, Sanjay Kumar, special officer, Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee (JNAC), Ashish Mathur, managing director, JUSCO, and Rituraj Sinha, chief corporate services, Tata Steel

Sanjay Kumar gave a detailed presentation on Jamshedpur and JNAC to the audience. The presentation gave an overview of the Jamshedpur, activities undertaken by the municipal authority and the details of the various initiatives taken by the municipal authority. He detailed out the key areas where Japanese assistance would be helpful for the city of Jamshedpur. These included Smart Municipal Governance, Technology Transfer (especially use of robotics in administration), technical help to establish Recycle Park in Jamshedpur, employee exchange programs to learn best practices in urban development, Mechanized/Automatic cleaning and sanitation methodology.

The special officer shared the similarities shared by the cities of Jamshedpur in Jharkhand and Toyota in the Aichi prefecture of Japan. Both cities share a lot of similarities including the industrial activity, geography and demographic indicators. He requested the officials of CLAIR to explore the possibility of forming sister city association between Jamshedpur and Toyota as there are a number of areas of synergy.

Ashish Mathur gave presentation on JUSCO highlighting the key features of the JUSCO managed Jamshedpur area. He shared that Jamshedpur, which is already a smart city is progressing towards becoming a smarter city.

He also shared the details of the various activities undertaken by JUSCO including those related with Water & Wastewater, Power Distribution, Solid Waste Management & Public Health, Customer Centricity & e-Governance, Green Management and Road Infrastructure Management.

Hashimoto assured that CLAIR would take forward the proposal of the Govt. of Jharkhand and the city of Jamshedpur and would explore the possibilities of forming Sister City association between Jamshedpur and Japanese cities, specifically Toyota.

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