A 40-member Japanese business delegation will be on a three-day visit to Kerala from November six to identify areas of cooperation with the state, especially Kochi.
Said to be the biggest ever visit by officials from any country to the state, the event is being organised by Sanin India Association of Japan in association with Indo-Japan Chamber of Commerce Kerala (Injack).
Five mayors – Masataka Matsuura, Yasuo Nozaka, Hideto Nagaoka, Hiroki Kondo and Katsugi Nakamura – from the two provinces of Tottri and Shimana are among the delegates.
The areas of interest for the delegation are fisheries and marine products, medical tourism, healthcare and IT, First Secretary in the Japanese Embassy, Tomofumi Fukamiya, told reporters in Kochi today.
Sanin India Association, United Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Japan India Association, Presidents of business house and media representatives from five top Japanese cities are among those visiting the state.
Fukamiya, who visited a water treatment plant at Maradu, Brahmapuram waste treatment plant and Thoppupady harbour today, said IT, Ayurveda, environment and water purification were the areas inwhich they were keenly interested.
The delegation consisting of SMEs is coming to get a first hand knowledge about the opportunities in the state. If they find some good projects, studies would be held, he said, adding, in Medical Tourism they were keen to collaborate with Ayurvedic system of Indian medicine.
The delegation will visit Infopark at nearby Kakkanad and hold discussions with IT comapnies, Nippon Kerala Centre, Brahmapuram solid waste treatment plant, Munambum fishing harbour, Kerala Ayurveda hospital at nearby Aluva and marine products processing plant at Aroor and an Ayurvedic health care facility.
Fukamiya and the Consul General of Japan in Chennai had visited Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi last month and met the Chief Secretary and Kochi Mayor in connection with the visit.
Japanese city governments were looking for projects which can be funded with Japan’s Overseas Development Authority.
Kochi Mayor Tony Chammany said five mayors from Sanin region are among the delegates. They are keen on investing in Kerala. This was a big opportunity for the state to showcase its various products, he said.
The visitors would be accorded a formal reception at the Kochi corporation council hall on November six on their arrival from Delhi. They would meet Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and his cabinet colleagues the same day.
Sanin India Association, the organisers of the visit, was started in June 2013 to promote business and cultural exchanges between Sanin region of Japan and India and has over 180 members across sectors including IT, construction, building companies processed food manufacturers.
Indo Japan Chamber of Commerce Kerala (INJACK) was set up in February this year to promote bilateral cooperation between Kerala and Japan.
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