Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday courted top Japanese business leaders, including Masayoshi Son of SoftBank and Osamu Suzuki of Suzuki Motor Corp
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday courted top Japanese business leaders, including Masayoshi Son of SoftBank and Osamu Suzuki of Suzuki Motor Corp, to discuss investment opportunities India offers in sectors ranging from textiles to automobiles, emerging technologies and startups.
Modi, who arrived here on a two-day visit to attend a summit of the Quad leaders at the invitation of his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida, held separate bilateral meetings with Japanese business leaders.
He first met electronic giant NEC Corporation’s Chairman Nobuhiro Endo, followed by a meeting with Japanese clothing brand Uniqlo’s CEO Tadashi Yanai.
This was followed by meetings with Son and Suzuki to discuss investment opportunities.
In his meeting with Endo, Modi appreciated NEC’s role in India’s telecommunication sector, especially in undertaking Chennai-Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Kochi-Lakshadweep Islands optical fibre cable projects, an official statement said.
He also highlighted investment opportunities under the Production Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme.
“They discussed various reforms being undertaken to enable ease of doing business in India, including in industrial development, taxation and labour. They also discussed opportunities in India in new and emerging technologies,” the statement said.
On his part, Endo said the discussions ranged from ways to contribute to smart cities in India and NEC’s plans to contribute to the country in the field of education and logistics, among others.
Stating that Prime Minister Modi has a strong intention to build and enhance capabilities in India, Endo said, “We are very happy to contribute to those areas.” Modi discussed the rapidly growing textile and apparel market of India and investment opportunities under the PLI scheme for textile projects during his meeting with Yanai, who is the chairman, president and CEO of Fast Retailing Co Ltd, the parent company of Uniqlo, the statement said.
“They also discussed various reforms being undertaken to enable ease of doing business for foreign investors in India including in the areas of industrial development, infrastructure, taxation and labour,” it added.
The Prime Minister also invited the Japanese apparel major Uniqlo to take part in the ‘PM-Mitra’ scheme aimed at further strengthening the textiles sector.