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Japanese technology transfer partnership with Kerala in waste management likely

Friday, Feb 3, 2017,17:55 IST By anju A A A

Kochi | Japan is likely to enter into a technology transfer partnership with Kerala for organic solid waste management in Kalamassery and Thrikkakara municipalities, besides Cheranalloor panchayat.

Meetings in this regard are being held on the sidelines of ‘Vyapar 2017′, a three-day B2B meet on Kerala’s Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) sector currently underway here.

A Japanese contingent of 39 delegates from four companies from the San-In region is visiting the Small and Micro Enterprises B2B meet to build further on the MoU signed between Kerala, namely the Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation and the Indo-Japan Chamber of Commerce-Kerala (Injack).

“The waste management problem that we face in Kerala today was something that Japan grappled with four decades back; so three of the companies are here with cutting edge technologies to reinvigorate air, water and land,” said Injack President T Balakrishnan.

The Japanese model of solid waste management is decentralised, so it is suitable for smaller regional management, he said.

Another Japanese company is showcasing health management solutions for geriatric care, for which it is looking for local manufacturing partnerships.

“Our aim is to promote Japanese business in Kerala and vice versa, and 100 companies should work in cooperation by 2020,” Balakrishnan said.

“Since the MoU was signed about a year back, we have managed to build up their confidence through open communication and they have started making commitments here,” he added.

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