Kerala to Launch 100 Ventures with Japanese Aid
Kochi: Kerala will see the emergence of around 100 ventures – small as well as large – set up jointly with Japanese business concerns over the next two years. The investments will be the fields of IT, food, health, tourism and education, among others. Jacob Kovoor, secretary, Indo-Japan Chamber of Commerce Kerala (INJACK), said the MoU for the joint ventures was signed between the Prime Ministers of India and Japan recently.
As part of the initiative, a Japanese delegation had reached Kochi recently to analyse the investment opportunities. The delegation had also held discussions with K Mohammed Y Safirulla, District Collector, Ernakulam. A B-to-B meet, which will showcase the potential business opportunities, products, and services in Japan will be organised at Hotel Holiday Inn, Kochi on November 30. A business-to-customer meet will also be organised at Lulu Mall from December 1. The three-day meet will enable customers and the public to get a detailed idea on Japanese products and scope of business.
"Various educational institutions in the district too have inked MoU with their counterparts in Japan. The institutions, including CUSAT, Rajagiri and SCMS Colleges, are associating with Japanese educational institutions in knowledge sharing. The Rajagiri Hospital has signed an MoU with Shimane University, a national university in Japan for medical research," said Safirulla.
The Japanese team was led by Makato Furuse, San-In India Association chairman. INJACK will be the model agency for the joint ventures. The meeting with the District Collector discussed effective steps to carry out the proposed projects. Safirulla also made a detailed presentation on the human resources, infrastructure development and educational progress of the state and Ernakulam district in particular. Videos dealing with the State’s tourism sector and urban infrastructure were screened.