Bhubaneswar: A delegation from Japan is on a visit to Odisha along with the Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla to explore and discuss various partnership opportunities in Odisha. The Japanese Deletion was led by Ambassador of Japan in India Satoshi Suzuki. The Japan investment seminar was addressed by Dibya Shankar Mishra, Minister of Industries, MSME, Energy and Home, Suresh Mohapatra, Chief Secretary and senior officials from different departments of the State Government.
Mishra thanked Japan for being the country partner in November 2018, when Odisha hosted the 2nd edition of Make in Odisha. He said, “While we have a successful business relationship with Japanese firms and look forward to further strengthening it, our connection with Japan is not just commercial but civilizational.” He urged the Japanese firms and investors to come to Odisha and see our offerings and promised that the team Odisha is ever ready to facilitate and handhold investors for their proposed investments.
“Japan has been a treasured partner of India and Odisha. Our State under the leadership of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is committed to build an everlasting relationship with Japan both in industrial and cultural spheres.” Mishra added, “Many Odia people have made Japan their home. The Japanese people and artists like Masako Ono have become a part of Odishan culture.”
Addressing the delegation, Shringla said that Japan is one of our largest development partners. He shared the recent schemes and actions brought up by Government of India to boost industrial and economic growth. Praising the good governance and the industrial infrastructure of the state, Foreign Secretary said Odisha has all the attributes for a conducive business environment.
Suzuki appreciated Odisha’s efforts in attracting investments from foreign countries including considerable Japanese companies. He has also praised the GO-SWIFT portal for providing all the industrial information, incentives and various services with one click. He was pleased to share that the number of Japanese companies in Odisha has been increased by 5 times in the last 10 years.
On the occasion, Mahapatra said, “The industrial collaboration with Japan has been very successful in the last years. The Japanese investors like Arcelor Mittal, Nippon Steels, TRL Krosaki have made big success strides in Odisha. The State, under the visionary leadership of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is now a preferred destination of investment. The State machinery is very fast in handholding and facilitating the investors.”
Mahapatra added, “The officers operating at different levels from the State to district, tahasil and the blocks are part of Odisha’s growth story and, we would ensure all kinds of proactive support to the Japanese investors not only from initiation to the commissioning but also for their continued smooth operation.”
Hemant Sharma, Principal Secretary of Industries welcomed the Japanese Ambassador Foreign Secretary and other delegates from Japan. Speaking about the business ecosystem of Odisha, Sharma said, “We have natural advantage in mineral-based industries and have been able to attract investment to the tune of 4 lakh crores in last two years, now because of huge investment in infrastructure, ports, rail, roads, power and skill development, we are preferred destination for diversified industries.”
Diplomats and representatives of Japanese companies in India such as Yoji Taguchi, Chairman & MD, Mitsubishi Corporation, Shusuke Suto, MD Mitsubishi Heavy Industries India Pvt. Ltd, Arcelor Mittal Nippon Steel, Tata Krosaki, Indo Nissin and JSW were also present in the seminar held on Industries and Investments.