September 19, 2017
On September 15, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a grant agreement with the Government of India in Delhi to provide grant aid of up to 2.24 billion yen for the Project for Construction of the International Cooperation and Convention Center in Varanasi.
The project will construct a convention center capable of accommodating international conferences, investment promotions and other such events in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh State, thereby promoting domestic and international exchanges on the individual and cultural levels, and contributing to tourism promotion and regional stimulation.
A holy city of Hinduism, Varanasi is visited by some seven million people from India and other countries each year to bathe in the Ganges River, make pilgrimage and sightsee. Designated as one of UNESCO’s Cities of Music  in 2015, Varanasi is home to many educational institutions and has thriving industries, including silk production and gold thread work. The Government of India considers the city to be a hub for international exchange and domestic intellectual and personal interactions. The city hosts many events, such as festivals for preserving and nurturing tangible and intangible culture, but faces the problem of not having facilities suited for sightseeing, cultural and industrial events.
By constructing an international cooperation and convention center, the project will make it possible to hold many large-scale events for investment promotion, cultural exchange and citizen interactions in addition to international conventions, promoting MICE-related tourism , and the resulting international exchange and tourism are expected to contribute to the development of Varanasi.
1: UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) recognizes 116 cities around the world for characteristics in seven fields: crafts and folk art, design, film, gastronomy, literature, media arts and music. Varanasi is among those cities in the field of music.
2: MICE is an acronym of Meetings (such as for corporations), Incentive travel (corporate and other benefits and training), Conventions (for international organizations and academic societies), and Exhibits/Events (including trade fairs).
|Project title||The Project for Construction of the International Cooperation and Convention Center in Varanasi|
|Planned implementation period||41 months, including detailed design work and the bidding period|
|Executing agency||Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs|
|Target region, facilities||International Cooperation and Convention Center in Varanasi|
|Specific project details (provisional)||(1) Facility improvements, equipment procurement
Convention center (approximately 9,000 square meters, including parking facilities), security office
Stage mechanism, stage lighting, image projection and sound system
(2) Consulting services
Detailed design work, bidding assistance, construction/procurement supervision
As guidance in managing the facilities: Training in the operation and maintenance of the facilities and equipment