Bamboo workshop ends, three MoUs inked

IMPHAL, 8th Feb: The 3rd World Bamboo Workshop which began from February 4 concluded at City Convention Centre here Friday with different departments of the state government signing three Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with two firms based in Bengaluru and the USA.
World Bamboo Organisation and Government of Manipur jointly organised the third edition of the international workshop.
Speaking as chief guest at the closing ceremony of the workshop, Governor Dr Najma Heptulla expressed confidence that the workshop will bring positive changes in the state, which has abundant bamboo resources. For the advanced economies of the world, bamboo provides a new alternative to many uses of wood while it may even be a novel item of nutritious food, she observed.
“Bamboo provides a very good natural resource that is both sustainable and eco-friendly. In addition, the fact that bamboo is generally found in abundance will provide a great opportunity to the people of Manipur, especially those entrepreneurs associated with bamboo crafts to exploit this wonderful natural resource to its advantage by availing latest and best technologies that are being brought about through new innovations and advancements across the world”, Dr Heptulla observed.
Noting that delegates from around 34 countries participated in the workshop, she expressed elation that the state successfully hosted such an important international event, she continued.
Observing that the various sessions conducted during the workshop witnessed intense interactions and fruitful deliberations on important issues pertaining to bamboo or ‘green gold’ with good feedbacks from the stakeholders, the Governor said that she is looking forward with great interest to go through the report of the workshop.
In his presidential address, textiles, commerce & industry minister Th Biswajit expressed hope that bamboo artisans of the state have benefitted from the hand on training and demonstration as well as from the new, modern and scientific use of bamboo imparted during the workshop. Outcome of the technical sessions must be put into practice as far as possible, he said, while adding that the workshop will definitely help the state in adopting new technologies.
The USA based company DASO signed two MoUs with Manipur Handloom & Handicraft Development Corporation and Mission for Economic Empowerment of Traditional Artisans Craftsman (MEETAC) while the Bengaluru based Grow More Biotech signed another MoU with forest and environment department during the closing ceremony.
Souvenir of the 3rd World Bamboo Workshop, 2019 was released by the chief guest. Prizes of various competitions like bamboo cooking, photography, painting and poster which were conducted as part of the workshop were distributed to the winners by the dignitaries.
DoNER secretary Navin Verma, additional chief secretary (forest & environment) Dr Suhel Akhtar, WBO president Michel Abadie, executive director Susanne Lucas, ambassador professor Nirmala Chongtham and international coordinator Gullermo Motera also attended the closing ceremony as guests of honour.
The next edition of the workshop will be held in Taiwan.

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