Report on Japanese Technical Delegation Visit to Andhra Pradesh, India
―Supporting overseas expansion of Japanese smart community technologies―
March 25, 2015
A delegation of technical experts from Japanese companies having cutting-edge technologies in the smart community sector visited Andhra Pradesh from March 4 to 6, 2015. The visit was organized by NEDO, and the program included a technical seminar and site visits.
Andhra Pradesh has many favorable characteristics which appeal to business investors compared to other Indian states. It has a long coastline with many good ports, law and order is well maintained, a young and skilled English speaking population is available for employment, and the state government is determined to reduce the time required to set up new businesses by simplifying its approval process. Andhra Pradesh, under the dynamic leadership of Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, is planning to develop a new capital city as a smart city. This has generated considerable interest among Japanese industry, which is looking for new business avenues and investment opportunities in the state. Given this background, the technical delegation was organized and its visit to India was realized.
The technical seminar was enthusiastically received, and was attended by around 100 Japanese experts from 30 companies, about 180 Indian representatives from 100 companies, around 20 participants from the Andhra Pradesh government, and about 35 members from various media organizations. In his keynote address, Chief Minister Naidu greeted the audience in Japanese, which he is now studying, and said that Andhra Pradesh is the most favorable and easiest state in India to do business. He also said that the state can serve as a logistics hub for South East Asia, and that he wants to build another Tokyo in Andhra Pradesh (referring to the ongoing development of a new capital city). The Chief Minister also had open dialogs with members of the visiting Japanese delegation. In addition, 14 companies gave presentations on their ability to provide smart company solutions to the Indian audience.
The site visits included the new capital city area near the city of Vijayawada, the town of Krishnapatnam with the largest port in India, and Sri City, an industrial township with a special economic zone. These areas are looking forward to investment and the presence of Japanese companies. There were also presentations by officials of Andhra Pradesh, and they had meaningful exchanges of opinions with members of the Japanese delegation. The state government chartered helicopters in order to provide an aerial view of the proposed development site for the new capital of Andhra Pradesh. Members of the delegation had meaningful site visits as they obtained first-hand experience which was not possible through only the technical seminar.
This delegation visit was the first event held after the signing of an MOU between NEDO and Andhra Pradesh in November 2014. It was a joint effort by the public and private sectors.
Program of technical seminar
Seminar on"Expanding Technology Cooperation for
Smart Community in Andhra Pradesh, India"
in collaboration with State Government of Andhra Pradesh
Date：Thursday, 5 March 2015 / Venue：Hotel Taj Krishna
|10:00 - 10:15||Inaugural Session
• Welcome remarks by Mr. Hiroshi Kuniyoshi, Executive Director, New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)
• Address by Mr. Ken Sasaji, Executive Director, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Government of Japan
• Address by Mr. Akio Isomata, Minister, Embassy of Japan in India
|10:15 - 11:00|
|11:00 - 11:30||
• C M Interaction with Japanese delegation
• Vote of thanks Sri Suresh Chitturi, Chairman, CII, Andhra Pradesh
|Session-I||Experience and Future Perspectives of Smart Community|
|12:00 - 13:40||
• Case Studies of Implementing Smart Community Projects in Japan
|Session-II||Japanese Technologies of Providing Smart Community Solutions|
|14:40 - 16:10|
|16:25 - 17:55|
|17:55 - 18:00||
• Mr. Tetsuya Tanaka, Chief Representative of NEDO New Delhi office
Lamp lighting ceremony
Welcome remarks by ED Kuniyoshi
Presentation by CM Naidu
Site Visit Images
Discussion with DC Babu of Krishna District AP
New capital site
Sri City industrial township
Mr. Sakurai or Mr. Aya
International Affairs Department, NEDO