January 22, 2018
Ahmedabad, January 22, 2018: JICA Alumni Association of India (JAAI) organized a technical seminar on January 21, with support of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in India at the Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII), Ahmedabad. The seminar provided a common platform for officials from JAAI, Indian Dairy Manufacturing Company Ltd. (IDMC), Ahmedabad Metro Rail Project (MEGA) and AmulFed Dairy (AFD), to shed light on the landscape of renewable energy and energy efficiency in India.
JAAI held the seminar as its first event outside Delhi, aiming at extensively widening of its network by engaging more ex-participants of JICA Training Courses in areas other than Delhi to JAAI's activities. JICA has been strongly supporting this JAAI's initiative, recognizing the value of expanding JAAI's network across India, which plays a vital role in strengthening of robust ties between India and Japan.
Dr. O.P. Dewal, President, JAAI and Mr. Sanjeev A. Mehta, Chairperson, JAAI Regional Chapter (West) addressed the audience at the seminar. The guest of honour, Mr. Anil Kumar Bayati, General Manager- AFD, detailed the energy efficiency initiatives in the dairy sector, whereas Mr. P.K. Sarkar, OSD- Project/Utility, AFD made a presentation on Significance of Energy Audit & Achieving Energy Conservation in the Dairy Industry. Mr. Chetan Kumar and Ms. Prajakta Shinde from Metro Link Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad (MEGA) Company Limited, gave a presentation on MEGA- Ahmedabad Metro Rail Project Phase 1.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Takema Sakamoto, Chief Representative, JICA India said, "The modernising energy sector in India such as promotion of renewable energy and energy efficiency is solid policy of Indian government, flourishing with the onset of Vision 2022. Japan's expertise can greatly help to make India self-sustainable and energy efficient."
Mr. Sakamoto, through his presentation, briefed the audience of the assistance that JICA has been providing in the energy sector. He explained that JICA has extended soft loans worth 1.3 trillion Japanese Yen (approximately Rs. 75,000 crore) to the energy sector in total, which is about 30% of its total loan cooperation in India. He added that JICA has extended concessional loans to Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) to cover 36 sub-projects in wind, solar and small hydro sectors, and so on.
JICA helped install 9.3 GW energy capacity in India with 1.0 GW in the renewable sector. JICA also has been supporting in various fields, such as modernization of transmission & distribution lines, promotion of energy efficiency & conservation projects, new and renewable energy initiatives and grid stabilization. JICA's supports in these fields are covering very wide area in India, for example, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Meghalaya, Odisha and Uttarakhand.
JICA has committed 90 billion Yen (approximately Rs. 5,000 crores) loan in financing Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI), to cover more than 5,000 sub-projects in industries, commercial buildings, etc. Also, JICA held a training program for the energy sector in Japan which was attended by 258 Indian officials in 2008.
Mr. Sakamoto, in addition, stressed and praised the significant role of JAAI, as JAAI has been extremely enthusiastic for sharing and disseminating JAAI members' knowledge to the Indian society and also for strengthening mutual understanding and friendship between India and Japan. He stated that JICA would continue to support JAAI's activities for the purposes mentioned above, and that this 1st regional chapter event was truly remarkable. JAAI's efforts for expanding its network would be welcomed by JICA.
2nd from Left: Mr. P. K. Sarkar, Secretary of JAAI Regional Chapter holding India-Japan flag with (5th from left) Mr. Takema Sakamoto, Chief Representative, JICA India Office; Extreme right: Mr. Sanjeev A. Mehta, Chairperson of JAAI Regional Chapter holding Japan's flag with Dr. Pradeep Gupta, Secretary of JAAI
Mr. Takema Sakamoto delivering the presentation during the seminar
Established in 1968, JICA Alumni Association of India (JAAI) is an association of JICA training ex-participants, who have undergone training in Japan under Technical Co- operation Programmes of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). JAAI keeps close interaction among members by organizing a wide spectrum of activities such as seminars, workshops, cultural programmes, excursion trips and annual convention. JAAI, with the full support of JICA, is enthusiastic to share and disseminate knowledge/expertize ex-participants obtained through JICA's training courses, and also is working for much closer relationship between India and Japan through various activities for mutual understanding and trust.
Established by a specific law as an independent administrative institution under the Government of Japan, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) aims to promote international cooperation as the 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 the form of loans, grants and technical cooperation, so that the emerging countries can strengthen their capabilities.
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