Finance Minister Jaitley addresses CEOs Round Table in Tokyo
“We are working overtime to cover up infrastructure deficit be it ports, airports, renewable energy, roads, smart cities, industrial corridors, townships along industrial corridor and this impetus will lead to improved manufacturing” said Arun Jaitley, Minister of Finance, while addressing leading CEOs of India and Japan in Tokyo today.
Speaking about the key economic data released yesterday, Jaitley remarked “We have clocked 7.6 per cent GDP growth and core sector growth has been 8.4 percent. These figures indicate a pattern. Deeper analysis shows that there are areas where global slowdown has had an impact on India but the fact that despite operating in unsupportive global environment and weak monsoon, we managed to clock this growth is a salute to public expenditure, India’s private sector and FDI.” He further added that once global growth restores and monsoon is better, this trend in India will be improved upon.
Iijima, Chair, India Japan Business Cooperation Committee (IJBCC) expressed optimism that India will continue to drive growth despite the global slowdown. He was also happy with the collaboration of two countries on Bullet Train and Townships and stressed on the continued focus and engagement of Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) with India.
Sujan R Chinoy, Ambassador of India to Japan too expressed confidence of achieving high growth in near future and said “Indian economy has attained a growth rate of 7.5% and the prospects of double digit growth in Asia’s third largest economy are not unreal with full implementation of all the reforms currently on the anvil.”
Earlier in the meeting, Harshavardhan Neotia, President FICCI emphasized the need to extend two-way business co-operation and leverage potential opportunities. “Indo-Japan trade is mere 1 percent of Japan’s foreign trade and while Japan is India’s fourth largest foreign investor, India’s share in Japan’s total outward FDI is less than 2 percent. Clearly, this is way below potential and we need to work towards doubling this, as set out in the Tokyo declaration”, said Neotia.
Participating in another event organized by Japan’s Institute for Indian Economic Studies (IIES), Rashesh Shah, Vice President, FICCI, highlighted the huge opportunity that India offers for Japanese investors. “We are at a very exciting point in India. There is a lot of opportunity and head room for growth. At present India is a 2 trillion dollar economy but every 8 years India’s GDP will grow by a trillion dollar and per capita will grow significantly”, he remarked. “India is a long term opportunity and given its heterogeneity, while there may be issues at any point in time but one needs to focus on long term gains”, he added.