November 13, 2017
New Delhi, November 13, 2017: Recently a Railway Safety Seminar was held at Rail Bhawan, New Delhi to discuss and highlight the importance of the railway safety for effective and efficient railway operations in India. Various Japanese experts presented their experiences and lessons learned from their activities on railway safety in Japan.
The seminar was attended by Dr. Fumino Okumura, Board Member of Japan Transport Safety Board; Mr. Takeshi Itani, Railway Accident Investigator, Japan Transport Safety Board; Dr. Ryuichi Yamamoto, Laboratory Head of Railway Technical Research Institute; Mr. Satoshi Mishima, General Manager of Railtec; Mr. Makito Miyaguchi, Manager of JR Freight; Mr. Yota Yamashita, Manager of JR West Senior officials from the Government of India and Mr. Takema Sakamoto, Chief Representative, JICA India Office. These Japanese experts shared their findings on themes related to railway safety issues, thermite & gold summit welding, safety maintenance of freight locomotives and coaches, safety centered organization and railway transport in Japan & Governance of the Safety of Japan in the seminar.
Making the opening remarks on the occasion, Mr. Takema Sakamoto, Chief Representative, JICA India Office, said, "India is a very special country and Japan would like to collaborate with India in its development activities. India's railway network is recognized as one of the largest railway systems in the world and hence maintaining safe operations is of utmost importance for the benefit of Indian citizens. The Ministry of Railways, Government of India is working enormously towards enhancing the railway safety techniques and procedures in India. Upon the request from the Minister of Railways, Government of India, Japanese experts were dispatched at the earliest, just one month after, to share their experiences on Railway safety. Since then JICA dispatched Japanese expert teams which visited India twice and shared documents on the results of their site visits in India. The pace at which the work is progressing reflects the high priority that Japan and JICA are giving to India's request and the importance of the relationship between India and Japan."
Mr. Sakamoto further said, "The new railway construction needs to be addressed in India but appropriate maintenance and operation of existing railway construction are also equally important towards the achievement of better more. Both tangible asset development and intangible asset development like the capacity development are required in the railway sector. There are three key points that should be considered for enhancing the capacity development of railway sector in India - Facility Equipment Development, Regulation Improvement and Mindset change. JICA is extremely pleased that the Government of India has given JICA an opportunity to share knowledge, views and discuss for the safety of railways in India."
Mr. Takema Sakamoto, Chief Representative, JICA India Office making the opening remarks at the seminar
The attendees in discussion during the seminar
Established, by a specific law, as an independent administrative institution under the Government of Japan,the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) aims to contribute to the promotion of international cooperation, as a sole Japanese governmental agency in charge of ODA implementation. JICA is the world's largest bilateral donor agency. JICA works as a bridge between Japan and emerging countries, and provides assistance in forms of loan, grant and technical cooperation so that the emerging countries can strengthen their capabilities.
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