Report from Hemanta Kumar Nath
Guwahati, January 21 : Japanese Ambassador to India Kenji Hiramatsu on Satruday evening called on Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and discussed various issues such as investment promotion, people-to-people exchanges and connectivity between Assam and Japan to give a boost to bilateral relations.
Sonowal presenting a spectrum of areas potential for Japanese investment pointed out that Japan can invest in state’s organic sector, power distribution and transmission sector and team up with Assam in Start-up, Stand up initiatives.
Giving a brief overview of the areas in which Japan and Assam can build robust relations, Chief Minister Sonowal said that in the dredging of the Brahmaputra and setting up on skill development centres Assam and Japan can team up.
Sonowal also emphasised on frequent interactive programmes in the fields of student exchange, cultural exchange, sports exchange to which Japanese Ambassador Kenji Hiramatsu assured to act positively.
The Assam CM informed that the government has chalked out a land bank and if the Japanese Companies are eager to set their plants in Assam, Government can give suitable chunks of land.
The Japanese Ambassador also expressed his keen interest to boost bilateral relations with Assam by assuring investments in organic sectors like tea, agriculture, horticulture, tourism, food processing and facilitating frequent student exchange programmes.
Japanese Ambassador Kenji Hiramatsu invited Sonowal to Japan to which the Chief Minister agreed in principle. The Ambassador who is Assam for one day will be heading for Kohima tomorrow.
MP Rameswar Teli, Chief’s Minister’s Media Advisor Hrishikesh Goswami, Additional Chief Secretary Industries and Commerce Ravi Capoor, Commissioner and Secretary to the Chief Minister Sajay Lohia were also present at the meeting.