Addressing a Japan-Odisha industrial partnership seminar, Ambassador of Japan to India Satoshi Suzuki appreciated the support provided by the Odisha Government to the Japanese investors in the last years.
Minister Industry, MSME and Energy Dibya Sankar Mishra chaired the seminar which focused on exploring the possibilities of new Japanese investment in Odisha.
Minister Mishra said, “Japan has been a trusted 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 seminar, Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra said the industrial collaboration with Japan has been very successful in the last years. The Japanese investors like Arcelor Mittal, Nippon Steel and TRL Krosaki have made big success strides in Odisha, he told.
Foreign Secretary Government of India Harsh Varrdhan Shringala said, “The case for Japanese investment in Odisha is well made. The robust infrastructure, strong political will and enabling bureaucracy coupled with the natural resources are great strengths of Odisha.” He added that the Government of India would provide all required support for successful investments in Odisha.
Presenting Odisha as a land of opportunities, Principal Secretary Industry Hemant Kumar Sharma said Odisha has been a leader State in attracting the investments for its natural resources, ease of doing business and facilitating legal framework. He added that Industry and service sectors are two large sectors together contributing to around 80per cent of State’s GDP.Further, Sharma outlined the scopes for Japanese investment in steel, steel downstream, aluminum downstream, chemicals, petrochemicals, sea food processing, electronics and automobile manufacturing.
Sharma also explained the whole process of the approval and commissioning of the industries through Go-Swift portal and single window system.
Captains of Industry Acrcelor Mittal, Nipon Steel, TRL Krosaki, Tata Group, Aditya Birla, Indo-Nissin Foods, Reliance and Mind Tree shared their experience in Odisha with the potential investors of Japan. The industry icons highly appreciated the legal framework within which Odisha Government operates, single window clearance in true sense of the term, industry enabling bureaucracy, industrial peace, political stability, robust infrastructure, rail, highway, air and port connectivity etc.
Around ten potential investors from big industrial houses of Japan participated in the seminar and interacted with the senior officers of Odisha. MD IPICOL Bhupendra Singh Poonia coordinated the entire event. The senior officers from Industry, MSME and other concerned departments participated in the deliberations.