Japanese team visits CPT

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Kochi, Sep 25 (UNI) A five-member delegation from Ocean Policy Research Foundation in Japan visited Cochin Port Trust (CPT) and held discussions with its Chairman N Ramachandran and other senior officers on the maritime development projects at the Port.

A release said here today the Union Ministry of Shipping had facilitated the visit as a sequel to the 'Expert Conference on Japan-India Maritime Economic Cooperation' held in Tokyo in February this year, in which it was observed that development of ports and harbours in India would be a prime booster to its economy and development of infrastructure should be the main agenda for promotion of bilateral maritime economic cooperation between India and Japan.

Apart from Kochi, the team would also visit the ports at Chennai, Vishakhapatnam, and Tuticorin and Cochin Shipyard.

The experts would observe and assess the potentiality of four ports in the southern coast, focussing on shipping, civil engineering and logistics. They will also look into the features of respective regions, where the ports are located and work out modalities to develop maritime infrastructure.

A report incorporating evaluations and analysis by the experts and proposals on practical measures for the betterment of port facilities would be provided as the informative reference for the 'Japanese Maritime Industries' sector.

The findings would also be submitted for discussion in the next meeting on the 'India-Japan Maritime Economic Cooperation', the release added.

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