Ambassador of Japan to India calls for improving ties with Uttar Pradesh

Mr Keshav Prasad Maurya, Deputy Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh today called upon Indian companies to harness the untapped potential in key sectors to further strengthen the bilateral trade relations between UP and Japan.

Speaking at ‘4th Dialogue with States – Japan’s Connect with Uttar Pradesh’ organized by FICCI, jointly with the Embassy of Japan, Mr Maurya said, “India and Japan share strong cultural and civilizational ties and have engaged in various institutional dialogue mechanisms to strengthen bilateral as well strategic partnership. The bilateral relations between the two countries has set an example for the international community. The bilateral relations have further deepened under the leadership of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”

Mr Satoshi Suzuki, Ambassador of Japan to India highlighted his vision for collaboration between Japan and State of Uttar Pradesh in economic, cultural and educational spheres. He also emphasized on the need of strengthening in the sectors like tourism, art and culture, people to people exchange, skill development and capacity building between Japan and Uttar Pradesh.

“The promotion of Japanese language education is one of the indispensable areas to energize people-to-people exchange,” he added.

The highlight of the discussion was to ideate on strengthening of economic connect, tourism, art & culture, people-to-people exchanges, skill development and capacity building between Japan and the state of Uttar Pradesh.

Dr Jyotsna Suri, Past President, FICCI and Co-Chair, FICCI’s Forum of Parliamentarians Council recommended that Japan should foster ties with Uttar Pradesh and harness the potential of trade and investment relations.

Mr Sharad Jaipuria, Chair, FICCI UP State Council & CMD, Ginni International Ltd and Chairman – Jaipuria Institute of Management & Seth M R Jaipuria Schools and Mr Amar Tulsiyan, Co-Chair, FICCI UP State Council & Founder Partner, Shudh Plus Hygiene Products suggested that potential sectors could be identified for cooperation and best practices adopted by Japan can be emulated.

Mr Sanjay Seth and Dr Sanghmitra Maurya, Members of Parliament from Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha representing the state of Uttar Pradesh shared their perspective on improving ties between Japan and the state.

Mr Navneet Sehgal, Principal Secretary (UP Khadi & Village Industries, Department of MSME, ODOP, Government of Uttar Pradesh) emphasized on the immense potential that Uttar Pradesh holds for the partnering with the Government of Japan.

Mr Jitendra Kumar, Principal Secretary for Culture and Tourism, State Government of Uttar Pradesh highlighted the need to improve people-to-people connectivity and stressed that cultural heritage as well tourist linkages could be further strengthened.

Prof Alok Kumar Rai, Vice Chancellor of the Lucknow University said that we need to focus education sector and explore the possibilities to foster exchange programmes between Universities in Japan and Uttar Pradesh as well as Japanese language training.

The event also witnessed participation of Members of Parliament, members of State Legislative Assembly and Council, industry leaders, eminent members from academia, policy experts, media and senior officials of UP State and Japan Embassy.

The Dialogue with States series was launched by FICCI in partnership with the Embassy of Japan in 2018 to highlight the potential of Indian states and the socio economic connect with Japan. Previous Dialogue with States were held in Patna, Shillong and Jaipur.