In January 2017, Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Hiroshige Seko, visited Ahmadabad, the largest city in western India’s state of Gujarat—the home of India’s Prime Minister Modi.
PM Modi’s Gujarat Miracle
Located between Mumbai and Delhi—India’s capital city—Ahmadabad is a hub of industry that has attracted many Japanese companies. The city’s appeal is thanks in part to large-scale economic reforms implemented by Prime Minister Modi during his earlier career as Gujarat’s Chief Minister.
India’s own World Economic Forum
The Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit, a biennial investment event, is the brainchild of Prime Minister Modi in his former role as Gujarat’s Chief Minister. The far-reaching summit brings together business leaders, including CEOs of major companies, with heads of state and representatives from Western, Middle-Eastern and African countries. The summit is so large that it has even been referred to as “India’s World Economic Forum.” As the first official partner country of the summit, Japan takes pride in the international recognition the event has garnered since its beginnings in 2003.
Learnings from Japan
Japan has taken the opportunity to share learnings from its long history of development to benefit its partners at the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit. During the summit’s opening ceremony, Minister Seko spoke about how Japan has successful tackled the problem of air pollution, a major issue in many cities in India. He also emphasized the proven Japanese technologies available to India in the fields of environment and energy saving.
Japan makes a strong showing
Executives from 25 Japanese companies developing business in India also attended the event. Among the displays exhibited by each country, the Japan Pavilion booths attracted a number of enthusiastic visitors, including Prime Minister Modi himself, who made the Japan Pavilion his first stop during his tour of the exhibits.
(Minister Seko firmly shaking hands with Prime Minister Modi)
(Group photo of Minister Seko, Prime Minister Modi, Gujarat Chief Minister Rupani , and accompanying executives of Japanese companies in front of the Japan Pavilion)