Kohima: Preparations are underway for the first ever World Bamboo Day celebration here with Vice President Hamid Ansari attending the event as the chief guest on September 18.
The three-day event will be held at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama, 12 km south of here with 500 delegates from 11 countries joining the international event, jointly organized by Nagaland government, Union government and World Bamboo Organization.
Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio told newsmen that prior to the Bamboo Day celebration, a two-day international seminar on bamboo and an investors’ meet would be held on September 16 and 17. All the north-eastern states besides others, were expected to take part in the craft bazaar being organized at the Heritage village.
Rio said although the state did not have adequate infrastructure and technology to hold such an international event, still Nagaland felt proud that the state government’s serious efforts to promote the bamboo sector had been recognized.
Nagaland`s claim to hosting such an event lay in the abundance and variety of bamboo found in the state and the intrinsic role of bamboo in the daily lives and culture of the Naga people, he said.
Rio said the request to host the first World Bamboo Day came after the World Bamboo Organization was impressed by a power-point presentation of the Nagaland Bamboo Mission at the 8th World Bamboo Congress held in Bangkok last year.
Additional Chief Secretary and Director of Nagaland Bamboo Mission Alemtemshi Jamir said it was an honour for Nagaland to host the first World Bamboo Day event.
The Vice President will also visit Tuensang on September 19 during his stay in Nagaland.