he said pitched for greater cooperation between the two nations and invited the Japanese business leaders to invest in India while promising them better investment opportunities and speedy decisions by his government.
Speaking at business lunch by Nippon Keidanren at Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, PM Modi said, “India and Japan have a responsibility beyond that of bilateral relations. Indian and Japanese businessmen can give a direction to the world economy. Naturally, expectations from Japan are high as our ties are much older. We also want to work with Japan in the field of research and skill development.”
Calling for a greater cooperation between the two nations, Prime Minister Modi said, “We know that businessmen need a good environment to grow and this is our responsibility. The state has to be policy driven. We have given importance to good governance and to processes. We are looking at how to integrate technology with Governance.”
“In the coming days you’ll get the same speed and response that you have experienced in Gujarat when I was the Chief Minister in past,” PM further said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also stressed that the steps taken by him in the past 100 days have yielded positive results. “The initiatives which we have taken in past 100 days, the steps that we taken, the results of which are clear,” he added.
He said that he has made the Prime Minister Office “more efficient, more productive” and have taken a lot of initiatives in our Budget, Defence and Railways.”
“Being a Gujarati, commerce is in my blood so I understand that it is the policymakers and government’s responsibility to provide good environment for businessmen,” PM Modi said.
Seeking Tokyo’s help in developing skill development in India, Modi said, Japan can “really help us with this”.
“21st century is Asia’s century, the world has accepted it. The question on my mind is – how will it be? We have to provide the answer,” PM Modi stressed,.
The two leaders, who share cordial relations, will have a substantive summit meeting during which they will look at ways to take the Strategic and Global Partnership forward.
“I am confident that my visit will write a new chapter in the annals of the relations between Asia’s two oldest democracies and take our Strategic and Global Partnership to the next higher level,” he said.