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GPS 2017 to witness roll-out of an `affordable electric car' suitable for Indian conditions
The Global Partnership Summit (GPS), a joint initiative between the Indian and Japanese governments scheduled to be held between December 11-14 at the Aero City, in New Delhi, shall bear witness to the roll-out of an 'affordable electric car' customized to Indian conditions.

The summit also proposes an agricultural corridor between Punjab's Amritsar and Dhanushkodi in Tamil Nadu for enabling smooth transportation of agricultural produce anywhere in India within 24-hours. If implemented, this would lead to increase in the incomes of farmers.

The summit is being chaired by Toshihiro Nikai, the secretary-general of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party, and co-chaired by Rajya Sabha MP Subhash Chandra Goyal.

While briefing mediapersons, Vibhav Kant Upadhyay, the founder-chairman of GPS, who also heads the India Centre Foundation (ICF), said that apart from various initiatives, the summit would also focus on India-Japan-Africa partnership.

He said, "Africa has natural resources in abundance. China is already there. But their model is based on exclusivity and exploitation. People there now want partnership and participation. India and Japan will build partnerships and an inclusive model."

The summit is expected to be attended by at least 3,000 delegates where more than 200 speakers from varied fields including politics, bureaucracy, corporate world etc will share their thoughts.

The trilateral US-India-Japan relationship was kicked off in Tokyo in 2006 by the erstwhile Japanese Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe, who is now the Prime Minister of Japan. This joint partnership later evolved into the GPS, the first edition is which was held in 2011. Upadhyay says that the GPS has now transformed into a platform for integrating ideologies, ideas, initiatives, projects, processes, people and policies.

"It is a one of a kind effort to bring intellectuals, corporations, government agencies, NGOs and many others under one umbrella. This summit will certainly bring out the best of the best in business, governance and civil society," he said.

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