Modi asks Japan's MSMEs to explore business opportunities in India

Modi, who is here to attend the 13th India-Japan annual summit, said the ease of doing business was his top priority.

Published: 29th October 2018 04:33 PM  |   Last Updated: 29th October 2018 04:33 PM   |  A+A-

Prime Minister Narendra Modi (File Photo | AFP)


TOKYO: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday asked Japan's medium, small and micro enterprises to explore business opportunities in India and assured them of a more conducive environment to consolidate bilateral trade ties.

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Modi, who is here to attend the 13th India-Japan annual summit, said the ease of doing business was his top priority.

"Some years ago, I spoke about making a mini-Japan in India. It's a matter of great happiness for me that today, you are working in an even larger number in India," Modi said while addressing 'Make in India: India-Japan Partnership in Africa and Digital Partnership' seminar in Tokyo on Monday.

Modi said when he became prime minister in 2014, India was at 140th position in the 'ease of doing business' ranking of the World Bank.

"Now India has reached 100th position and we are working towards better ranking," he said.

He said the Indian government was making all efforts to change the country's business environment and ensure that there is ease of doing business and ease of living.

"There are ample possibilities for Japan's [micro] SMEs in India," the prime minister said.

"It's not only big companies but Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) that are welcome to India. Through MSMEs, too, Japanese entrepreneurs can take their businesses to new highs."

Low-cost manufacturing and competitive labour cost make India more favourable for doing business.

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"Our software industry is very powerful. As I said earlier if we combine our software and your hardware, we can do a miracle in the world," he said.

The cooperation between Japan and India in the field of electric mobility is going to be very beneficial, he said.

"We are doing wonderful work in infrastructure sector. Our emphasis is now on next-generation infrastructure. We are trying to develop such a competitive economy which would be based on skill, speed and scale," Modi said.

"I always speak of a strong India, strong Japan," he said, inviting Japanese businesses to accelerate the pace of investment in his country.

"I assure you that you will be helped in all possible ways to further consolidate India-Japan trade ties," he said.

Earlier, Modi asked Japanese businessmen to engage more with India as he interacted with top business leaders from the two countries at a forum here.

Modi said that the inputs offered at the Business Leaders Forum will propel India to achieve global benchmarking.

"He urged Japanese businessmen to engage more with India," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

Earlier, Modi interacted with some Japanese venture capitalists.

"Participants gave a thumbs up to reform measures initiated by the government and offered suggestions on further improving the startup and innovation ecosystem in India," Kumar said.

The bilateral trade during April - August 2017 was USD 6.1834 billion.

India's export to Japan for 2016-17 was USD 3.86 billion; whereas India's Import from Japan for 2016-17 was USD 9.76 billion, according to official data.

Japanese FDI in India (during 2016-17) was USD 4.7 billion (an increase of 80% over the last year).

Cumulatively, since 2000 the investments to India have been around USD 25.7 billion (Japan ranks third now among the major investors).


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  • Veera Saivijay

    The technologically advanced Japan had been our close ally and further its township will help facilitate better ties for ease of living as said by PM Modi. Hopefully their partnership will enrich us in all spheres.
    2 years ago reply
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