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Indo-Japan relations: New socio-economic model is the need of the hour
A conference on 'India-Japan Global Partnership and Impact on Indian Economy', delved into the strategic relationship between India and Japan and its impact on fiscal health, particularly in light of the current fiscal climate.

The conference was organized by Bombay Stock Exchange Ltd. (BSE) and India Center Foundation (ICF) in Mumbai as a pre-cursor to the India-Japan Global Partnership Summit (IJGPS) scheduled to be held from 1-5 September, 2013 in New Delhi. BSE is the strategic partner and Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) is the partner of IJGPS 2013.

Addressing the conference Dr. Haruo Shimada, Former Economic Advisor of Fiscal Policy to the Cabinet of Japan, said, "The basic objective is to foster a trustful relationship between our two countries to empower the economies of both the countries. Japan can use its expertise and provide technology to India in various areas."

Founder and Director General of IJGPS and Chairman of ICF, Vibhav Kant Upadhyay said that the summit was a strong and strategic platform for India and Japan to dream, ideate, create or plan for the future of the two countries.

"In Delhi during the first week of September we will see the India-Japan Global Partnership Summit converge for us to understand and plan the way forward. We have to create a new socio-economic model based on energy efficiency, environmental responsibility and sustainability," said Mr. Upadhyay.

On this occasion, Amitabh Kant, CEO of Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation (DMICDC) said that the Japanese private sector is the biggest creditor in the world with companies excelling in manufacturing.

"India needs to provide the right governance and structure for Japan to hand-hold India through," said Mr Kant.

The chief of the DMICDC, a programme conceptualized in partnership and collaboration with Japan, added that the key challenge for India is to grow at 9 to 10% per annum and create jobs over the next three to four decades.

The conference was also addressed by Ashish Kumar Chauhan, CEO of BSE, Chandra Kant Salunkhe, Founder and President of SME Chamber of India, and by the Members of Parliament Piyush Goyal and Madhu Yashki.

During the visit of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in May this year, Japan had offered to sell India the ShinMaywa US-2, a highly sophisticated amphibious plane by relaxing its strict rules which prohibit international trade in defence equipment.

Noted Indian economist DH Pai Panandiker says that Indo-Japan relations are close and complimentary, which is advantageous for both the nations.

"Complimentary because what we need, Japan can give. We really need capital, we need investment and Japan is in position to invest very huge amount. I think there is complementarity which can be exploited to the advantage of both the nations," Mr Panandiker told this citizen journalist .

According to the Embassy of Japan, over 1,000 Japanese companies have set up offices in India and have created over 1,50,000 jobs in the country. Japanese companies like Toyota, Hitachi and Panasonic are using India as a hub to export in the overseas market.

From April 2000 to March 2013 India has received USD 14.55 billion foreign direct investment from Japan. Since 2002, bilateral commerce between the two nations has increased six times, and currently stands at USD 18.77 billion.

India-Japan Global Partnership Summit (IJGPS) is an initiative of India Center Foundation (ICF), a not-for-profit and non-partisan organization dedicated to working as a catalyst to the nation-building processes. The mission of ICF is to help evolve thought processes and new models of socio-economic framework, by mapping the aspirations of the burgeoning nation to the availability of resources.

IJGPS is envisioned as a summit led by two great nations – India and Japan along with their global Partners- where policymakers, opinion leaders, business leaders, media and academicians 'Dream, Design, Discuss, Decide, Drive and Derive solutions' to challenges of a new socio-economic framework by creating a 'Micro Road Map for the Macro Vision' that exists in the form of India-Japan Global Partnership.

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