The Nagaland Department of IT&C, Department of Power and Kohima Smart City Development Ltd Company hosted the Belgian Ambassador at the Directorate of IT&C in Kohima on May 8.
On Smart cities, the Ambassador stated that they are already involved in building smart cities in some other states in India and expressed the possibility of working together here in Kohima.The Ambassador further mentioned that Belgium’s economy is driven by the private sector, where the government facilitates contact and gives information but it is up to the private sector to act.
The Ambassador was accompanied by Investment and Trade Commissioner for Flanders, Alexis Bossuyt whohe first stressed on the need for matchmaking of companies through trade fairs or trade missions. “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,” the commissioner said.
Advisor IT&C, Mmhonlumo Kikon mentioned the Act East Policy which he said would open up a lot of opportunities in the region and enable people to explore trade.He also highlighted the Department of IT&C’s recent initiative to provide free Wi-Fi to universities, district administrations and in parts of Kohima within a period of 3 to 6 months.
Nagaland State Advisor for Power, Tovihoto Ayemi meanwhile expressed hope that avenues will be explored with Belgium in the power sector as well. He stated that the Power Department is interested to introduce new technologies in the state and requested the Ambassador to initiate steps for foreign collaboration and assured him of cooperation from elected representatives.
Minister for Urban Development & Municipal Affairs, Metsubo Jamir, who also spoke, said that Nagaland is still a developing and remote state in the country with nearly 97% of the population in rural areas.With limited resources and facilities in town, it is very difficult to absorbed high migration from the rural areas to town, he said. Various issues like climatic condition, water and electricity shortage have a huge impact on the developmental activities in Nagaland, he added. Jamir asked the Ambassador to assist the state with technologies which will bring tangible, durable and productive developments in the state.