Roundtable meeting between Nagaland and Germany promises strategic partnership

Kohima: Discussions delved into sectors such as capacity building, handicrafts, bamboo-based industries, and bio-resources

BY | Sunday, 3 December, 2023

In a landmark collaboration, Nagaland and Germany celebrated a significant milestone with a productive roundtable meeting held in Kohima on 30th November 2023. According to DIPR, a distinguished German Business delegation from the German Consulate engaged in discussions with key stakeholders, marking the first-ever international partnership for Nagaland’s renowned Hornbill Festival.

Abu Metha, Chairman of IDAN, extended a warm welcome to the German delegation, emphasizing Nagaland’s rich cultural heritage, vibrant festivals, and unique traditions. Expressing gratitude for the collaboration, Metha foresees mutual benefits in the journey ahead.

A that a notable aspect of the meeting was the exploration of unconventional food choices, including superfoods such as insects and worms, positioning Nagaland as an emerging destination for experiential tourism. The delegation expressed interest in contributing to Nagaland’s tourism industry.

Barbara Voss, Consul General of Germany, Kolkata, praised Nagaland’s hospitality and offerings, highlighting areas of cooperation such as environmental improvement, renewable energy, protection of cultural heritage, and promoting women and diversity in development projects.

Tom Reiner, Regional Director, Indo-German Chamber of Commerce, identified Naga products as potential hits among German consumers, expressing a commitment to facilitating their entry into German markets.

The roundtable included key figures such as Salhoutounuo Kruse, Minister of Women Resource Development & Horticulture, Mhathung Yanthan, Advisor of Agriculture, and Hekani Jakhalu, Advisor of Industries & Commerce. They stressed the importance of technical support, infrastructure, and collaboration for Nagaland’s growth.

Discussions delved into sectors such as capacity building, handicrafts, bamboo-based industries, and bio-resources, with Rollan Lotha, COO NSRLM, highlighting opportunities in beekeeping. Representatives from Kohima Science College and Nagaland University proposed initiatives for knowledge creation, teacher and student exchange, and a multidisciplinary approach to traditional knowledge systems.

The identified areas of engagement spanned social sciences and technology, cultural exchange, sports collaboration, climate change, art and music, and skill development, signaling a comprehensive and promising partnership between Nagaland and Germany.

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