The Government of India is strengthening its efforts on globalization, creating 100 new smart cities, jobs for youth, enhancing transportation and connectivity with high-speed trains.
However the biggest challenge facing the country, Kant said was that how India can make these big developmental strides by leveraging technology. Japan being a perfectionist and a technologically advanced nation becomes a natural partner for India, he added.
Yutaka Aso, Leader of the delegation and Chairman, Kyukeiren, said that the MoU signed between the two organizations will help in creating frequent and fruitful business opportunities. It will give a platform to both the nations for exchanging and sharing views besides intensifying the strategic and global partnerships.
Tamaki Tsukada, Minister (Economic & Development), Embassy of Japan, said that Kyushu is an open and outward looking region of Japan and offers growth opportunities in areas such as environment and energy. Japan looks forward to establish a global manufacturing hub with India. New growth areas such as agriculture and healthcare can be explored for opportunities. He added that recently Japan has also released its basic policies with reforms which are expected to put the country on a transformational growth path.
Onkar S. Kanwar, Past President, FICCI, Chairman, IJBCC and Chairman & Managing Director, Apollo Tyres Limited, suggested that India and Japan should work towards creating a manufacturing hub in the country. He added that participation of Japanese companies in large infrastructure projects along India's industrial corridors and use of Japanese technology in setting up high speed railway network in this country can be some of the areas where the two nations can form partnerships.
Didar Singh, Secretary General, FICCI and Dr. Arbind Prasad, Director
General, FICCI, were also present on the occasion.