Jaipur: Day One of the Resurgent Rajasthan Partnership Summit 2015, being held here, saw a slew of announcements of strategic partnerships and investment intent in a number of thrust sectors identified by the State. The two-day global meet has been organised by the Government of Rajasthan in association with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
There were 10 special sessions – while eight sessions focused on thrust sectors in Rajasthan, there were two Focus Country sessions on Japan and Singapore. These sessions saw deliberations between central & State ministers, foreign experts & business leaders, industry captains, and senior officials from the State & Centre to understand issues and concerns, discuss strengths and partnerships, and chart the course for the future.
Focus Country Session – Singapore
At the Focus Country session on Singapore, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between The Rajasthan Housing Board (RHB) and Singapore Cooperation Enterprise. Under this partnership, Singapore will assist Rajasthan to develop two new townships in Jodhpur and Udaipur, with concept planning and infrastructure engineering. “Urban Housing is our core expertise; we have offered better housing every five years to our citizens and will be glad to use our expertise in Rajasthan,” said Mr K. Shanmugam, Minister for Home Affairs & Law, Singapore.
Mr Shanmugam declared that Rajasthan was one of only two states in India that his country had decided to partner in wide ranging initiatives. Mr. Shanmugam also revealed that Scoot, a group company of Singapore Airlines, would soon commence direct flights between Jaipur and Singapore.
The key areas of partnership that Singapore and Rajasthan have identified and will be exploring going ahead are Potable Water, Sustainable Urbanisation, Affordable Housing, Waste Management, Cleantech, Human Resource Development, Smart Cities and Food & Agriculture.
Attending the session, Shri Piyush Goyal, Union Minister for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy, has announced a Rs 325-crore advance grant for power transmission infrastructure in Jaipur. He appreciated the State Government for being the first participant of the Ujjwal Discom Assurance Yojana (UDAY) scheme launched by the Centre.
Focus Country Session – Japan
Japan’s long-standing business association with Rajasthan saw a defining moment when representatives from both the sides signed four MoUs at the Focus Country session. The MoUs were signed in the Auto, Logistics and Air-conditioning categories with Nagano Products, Daikin Air-Conditioning, Nippon Express, Sankyu Indian Logistics & Engineering.
Japan, which is already the beneficiary of a country-specific investment zone at Neemrana, Rajasthan, with a second one coming up nearby at Ghilot, sent a 100-member delegation to the Summit.
The delegation, led by Mr Takeshi Yagi, Japan’s Ambassador to India, comprised representatives of leading Japanese companies like Daikin, Mytex Polymer, Hitachi Chemical, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, and Mitsubishi Logistics, among others.
Speaking at the session on Japan, the Chief Minister, Smt Vasundhara Raje, said, “Japanese companies have fast-tracked our growth by making the right investments in Energy, Infrastructure and Technology sectors. At the same time, we ensured that none of these companies faced any problems related to basic infrastructure like roads and power.”
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