All eyes are presently on Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, N Chandrababu Naidu’s trip to Japan. Mr Naidu will be in Japan from 6th to 9th of July, finalizing vital investment proposals of the Japanese companies and investors that were made during his previous visit last November. The core aim of the Government of Andhra Pradesh will be to strengthen the state’s position on the global investment map.
Here are the important snapshots of his day one in Japan:
Meeting with Fuji Electric
Submission of feasibility reports on smart grid project by Fuji Electric. This is a follow up on the meeting with Fuji last November where the CM sat down with the company executives to review the field studies.
CM invites Fuji to come up with a model smart grid project in AP, later offering the same to other states.
Yoshio Okuno, Director, Fuji Electronics, informed the CM that a site had been identified near Vijayawada for the Smart Grid Project. The pilot project will be established in Vijayawada while the plans for the latter expansion have been discussed to be implemented in the state Capital Amaravati.
A detailed research report was submitted by Fuji to Naidu on weather analysis, wind direction and the correlation between power and weather.
Two models were suggested by Okuna to develop the Smart Grid Project. The first would be to develop a model smart grid project for the state and the second would be a join partnership between Fuji and Andhra Pradesh offering consulting to the rest of the states in India.
“The initial model could be scaled up to all the cities, and later expanded to the entire state” Okuna said.
Kenji Goto, CEO Fuji and Kazuhiko Hanaoka, and Tomoyuki Kawagoe were present during the meeting.
Meeting With Mitsubishi Corporation
Mitsubishi set to partner with GoAP under CSR and set up its Japan Information and Study Center at Andhra University.
The center, under CSR, will promote the Japanese language courses and introduce Andhra locals to Japanese Culture. “We are keen on the Chennai-Bangalore industrial corridor and Krishnapatnam industrial node,” Mr. Kitagawa, Senior Vice President of Mitsubishi added, calling Andhra Pradesh an attractive destination for investments.
A request was made by Mitsubishi for an approach road to their factory near Tuni. CM assured that the same will be completed within the next 100 days.
Suggestions to set up Mitsubishi’s cluster near Krishnapatnam was made, that brings all their subsidiaries to one place. This was suggested by S S Rawat, Secretary for Industries.
CM requested for Mitsubishi’s support in the state’s food processing sector. “Any problem regarding infrastructure and clearances can be immediately addressed,” he assured the Mitsubishi delegation. Andhra Pradesh being home to mineral resources like iron ore and bauxite, the Chief Minister said Japanese companies must tap the potential.
Mitsubishi’s Interest To Celebrate M S Swaminathan’s 90th Birthday
Mitsubishi also expressed their interest to celebrate M.S. Swaminathan’s 90th birthday in association with the Andhra Pradesh Government.The CM proposed Amaravati as the venue for the event.
Mr. Kitagawa informed the Chief Minister that, in partnership with M.S. Swaminathan Foundation, they will undertake a five-year rural development program in Krishna district from 2015.
Naidu later explained the Japanese delegation the government’s smart village and ward initiative, inviting them to be the partners for the same.
Mr. Masakazu Sakakida, Senior Vice President, Chairman & MD, Mitsubishi Corporation India Pvt. Ltd., Mr. Masao Ikeya Senior Vice President and other representatives were present during the meeting.
Meeting With Mayekawa Mfg. Co. Ltd.
Mayekawa displayed active interest in the state’s fisheries sector, with Mr Tanaka, the Chairman, suggesting setting up a dedicated Andhra Pradesh desk in Japan. Tanaka further informed CM that a technical team will visit Godavari districts during August to study fish processing units within the state.
Mr Naidu explained the Japanese delegation that Andhra Pradesh is a leading state in the fisheries sector. “At present, we are only a top market in marine exports. We want to expand to other regions by setting up processing units,” he added.
Explaining that state aims to grow 30-35 per cent every year in fisheries, the Chief Minister invited Mayekawa to guide Andhra Pradesh in this sector. He also informed that the government is contemplating setting up of Aqua University.
Tanaka suggested that Andhra Pradesh should have a dedicated Japan desk in the country. This will generate an interest among Japanese investors, he said. The Chief Minister replied in the affirmative.
Ashok Uniyal, Senior Executive Director, Mr.Kuniaki Kawamura, Executive Director and others were present during this meeting.
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