ViIJAYAWADA May 23:It is the Japan government's
"responsibility" to build Amaravati, the new capital of the south
Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, and make it next to Tokyo, Chief Minister N
Chandrababu Naidu has 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," Chandrababu remarked, inaugurating a two-day Andhra
Pradesh-Japan Public-Private joint conference here on Monday.
Chandrababu asked Japanese companies to make Amaravati "your second
home" and invest in different sectors in the new capital as well as other
parts of the "sunrise state".
"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".
Pointing out that 15 Japanese companies were currently doing business in AP,
the Chief Minister wanted the number to increase ten-fold 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.
The Japanese minister said they were keen to improve relationship with AP in
sectors like infrastructure, technology, agriculture, automobiles and defence.
A joint committee has been constituted to further enhance business interests
between AP and Japan, he added.
About 80 delegates from Japanese majors like Mitsubishi, Mitsui, Fuji, Nippon,
Toyota, NEC, Toshiba, Sumitomo besides representatives of Japan External Trade
Organisation are attending the event, organised by the Andhra Pradesh Economic
Principal Secretary (Infrastructure, Investment and CRDA) Ajay Jain made a
presentation to the Japanese delegation on the investment opportunities in
Amaravati capital region.