The first day started off with Mr.Naidu meeting representatives of Fuji Electric. This was a follow up meeting with regard to the smart grid project that has been planned for Vijayawada. hey suggested two models of developing a smart grid project. The first is to develop a model smart grid project for the state and the second being, partnership of AP with Fuji Electric where they can together offer consultancy services to other states in the country.
He also met representatives of Mitsubishi Corporation, with regard to their corporate social responsibility initiatives. They will be setting up a Japan Information and Study Centre at Andhra University. This Centre, under CSR, will promote Japanese language courses and introduce locals to the Japanese culture. Representatives from the corporation also assured Mr.Naidu that a technical team will visit the Godavari districts during August to study food processing units in the state.
Lastly, he also met with representatives from Yokohama Port. They will prepare an action plan for AP’s ports. Another meeting with Sumitomo was on Bhavanapadu port and a 1,000MW power project. Later, he also had meetings with JICA and JBIC heads. Considerations for the Capital consultancy bid and participation in power project financing of Chennai Bangalore Industrial Corridor was discussed. The first day ended on a positive note, with a message from the CM that the government had received a slew of investment proposals from Japanese investors and that he was positive about investment flow. On the second day the government had signed an MoU with Mizuho Bank that will work with Sunrise AP to facilitate investments from Japanese firms.
Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu also had a long meeting with Softbank’s Founder and CEO Mr.Masayoshi Son. They will be setting up a 20 GW solar plant in Andhra Pradesh, apart from offering scholarships in solar power engineering to students.
The highlight of Mr.Naidu’s visit was when he met the Prime Minister of Japan, Hon’ble Abe Shinzo. The government has assured of a long term cooperation with the state in multiple areas. Mr.Abe recalled Mr.Naidu’s previous visit to Japan and appreciated Mr.Naidu on maintaining great relationship with Japan and attracting investments to Andhra Pradesh State, India. Mr.Naidu invited Japan PM to the Foundation Stone laying ceremony of Amaravati also informed about an official invitation from the Govt of India.
From all of us here at SouthReport, we hope that this is in fact the beginning of a long lasting relationship between the Government of Andhra Pradesh, Govt of India and Japan.