Jaipur: The Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Smt. Vasundhara Raje today said that with stable, popular governments, both at the Centre and Rajasthan, the ‘Make-in-India’ will turned into a reality. And in this effort, she said, she looked forward to Japan as the most important partner. She was speaking on the occasion of her meeting today in Jaipur with the Governor of Aichi Prefecture, Mr. Hideaki Omura, who is leading a twenty-member high-powered Japanese delegation. It comprises of delegates from Aichi Prefecture Government, Aichi Prefecture Assembly, Nagoya Chamber of Commerce, Chubu Economic Federation, The lndian Commerce and lndustry Association Japan, JETRO (Japan External Trade Organization), lndian Government (Ministry of Commerce and lndustry) and Embassy of Japan in lndia.
The Chief Minister said that the first exclusive Japanese Investment Zone at Neemrana has become an industrial hub with huge manufacturing plants and warehouses. The prestigious Japanese companies like Daikin, Nissan, Nippon, Mitsui, Mikuni, among others have already established their projects here. Honda, she recalled, was the first car plant of Rajasthan which has acted as a trigger to development of auto-ancillary sector in the region. This zone has been promoted on 1167 acre land out of which around 585 acre is saleable industrial land. 45 Japanese companies, the majority in auto manufacturing, have been allotted 473 acres of land and 38 units have started commercial operations. As many as five companies of Aichi Prefecture have already invested Rs. 531 crores (around US$85 million) generating an employment of over 1700 persons in the Japanese Zone, she said.
The Chief Minister said that on a visit to Japan in April this year as many as 6 Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) had been signed. She expressed satisfaction that special packages for companies like Daikin and Yazaki have been approved. And that the overseas Human Resources and Industry Development Association (HIDA) is in process of setting up a Skill Development Centre at Neemrana in association with Hirohama India Pvt. Ltd. She further added that the flagship project with Japanese assistance, the proposed Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) and the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor is also going to play a major role in the State’s infrastructure development.
Ms. Vasundhara Raje invited the members of the delegation for the Resurgent Rajasthan Partnership Summit being held in Jaipur in November.
The Governor of Aichi Prefecture, Mr. Hideaki Omura appreciated the Rajasthan Government for having developed the Japanese zone at Neemrana which has become a viable area for the Japanese industrial projects. He also expressed satisfaction that Rajasthan Government had developed a second Japanese zone at Ghilot near Neemrana. He said that he was looking forward for the development of the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) in which Rajasthan will play a significant role. He was optimistic that there will be increasing traction between the industries of Aichi Prefecture and Rajasthan.
The Industries Minister, Government of Rajasthan, Mr. Gajendra Singh Khimsar hoped that the interaction with the delegation would lead to further deepening of business relationship between Aichi Prefecture, Japan and the State of Rajasthan. He said that the location of the Japanese zone in Neemrana is the prime location for making industrial investment. He appreciated the Japanese companies saying that the products being manufactured in the zone have the seal of quality.
Earlier, the Chief Secretary, Mr. C.S. Rajan welcomed the delegation. He also answered queries of the Japanese delegates. He said that Rajasthan is making a concerted effort to create an investor-friendly business environment. He pointed that the State Government has taken appropriate steps for the enhancement of ‘Ease of Doing Business’. In this context suitable amendments have been made in Industrial Disputes Act, the Factories Act and the Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Act. He also added that the Government has been in touch with JETRO on a monthly basis to resolve any issues of the projects in the Japanese zone.
The Commissioner, Investment & NRIs, Dr. Samit Sharma gave a business presentation highlighting several advantages and strengths of the State as a preferred investment destination. The State, he said, offers a variety of incentives and locational choices for setting up projects.
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