UP organizes virtual conference to bolster economic & trade relations with Japan

Government of Uttar Pradesh, Embassy of India in Japan

The Government of Uttar Pradesh and the Embassy of India in Japan organized a virtual conference to strengthen the economic and trade relationship between Japan and UP on Tuesday. Also, the move was aimed at promoting exports from the state.

The Indian Ambassador to Japan Sanjay Verma; Navneet Sehgal, Additional Chief Secretary (ACS), Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) and Export Promotion, Uttar Pradesh; C Rajasekhar, Officer on Special Duty (OSD), State, Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi; and Arvind Kumar, Infrastructure and Industrial Development Commissioner, Uttar Pradesh; attended the meet.

The various aspects of devising a specific strategy for promoting exports. Discussions were held to explore the possibilities of bilateral trade between UP and Japan in areas including handicrafts, food, electronics, apparel, carpet, leather, and ODOP products from India to Japan.

Navneet Sehgal discussed the manufacturing potential of Uttar Pradesh in all these sectors. He said that these sectors are in line with market demand in Japan. The UP government was dedicated to promote bilateral trade.

Sanjay Verma appreciated and welcomed the initiative of the UP government in this regard and assured full cooperation to the government in its efforts to organize state-centric webinars, and virtual buyer-seller meet. Also, he assured to extend full cooperation to Uttar Pradesh in sending state delegations to Japan by the end of the year.

He suggested that certification and quality norms should be strictly followed by our exporters while exporting to Japan.

Citing the groundbreaking ceremony 3.0, organized recently in the state, Arvind Kumar informed that the state government is determined to invite investments from countries across the globe to the state.

Meanwhile, C Rajasekhar stressed the need to provide handholding support to MSMEs in their internationalization. He said that the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) would facilitate the Government of Uttar Pradesh to promote exports through appropriate events like trade and investment-based road shows and exhibitions.

Officers of the Export Promotion Bureau of Uttar Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh Export Promotion Council, and Exim Bank India, were present at the occasion.