Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu said that, it is the Japan government’s responsibility to build the new capital city, Amaravati for AP and make it next to Tokyo.
Naidu has inaugurated a two day Andhra Pradesh-Japan Public-Private joint conference and it was as the part of the function, he said, “Your (Japan’s) Maki and Associates is designing our capital buildings. So it is Japan government’s responsibility to build Amaravati. It should be next to Tokyo.”
Naidu further asked the Japanese companies to make Amaravati “your second home”, investing in the different sectors in the new capital as well as other places in the state.
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“In the near future, we should have a direct flight between Amaravati and Tokyo. You should help in this regard,” he told the visiting Japanese Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry Yosuke Takagi, whom he termed a “well wisher and family member of AP”.
Naidu recollected that there are currently 15 Japanese companies, doing business in AP, and expressed his wish of increasing the number to 150 in a year.
“AP is an innovative state. People here are creative. We are strong in knowledge economy. There are abundant opportunities for setting up agri-based and mineral-based industries,” he added.
On the other side, the Japanese minister said that he is eager to develop the relation with AP in several sectors like agriculture, technology, infrastructure, automobiles and defence. A joint committee has been constituted to further enhance business interests between AP and Japan, he added.
Ajay Jain, Principal Secretary (Infrastructure, Investment and CRDA), has made a presentation to the Japanese delegation on the investment opportunities in Amaravati capital region.
Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board has organized the event, which was attended by 80 delegates from Japanese majors like Mitsubishi, Nippon, Nec, Fuji, Toshiba, Sumitomo, Toyota besides Japan External Trade Organization’s representatives.
By Phani Ch