Apart from laying the foundation stone for Railways Mumbai-Ahmedabad’s Rs 1.1 lakh-crore bullet train project, India Japan will sign 10 MoUs when Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits Gujarat along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi next week. Abe will be the second head of state after Chinese President Xi Jinping to visit Gujarat for bilateral talks with India. Moreover, apart from this, the two prime ministers will also launch various projects comprising of Rs 3,000-crore Suzuki car manufacturing plant at Hansalpur, which is about 170 km from Ahmedabad.
As per Indian Express report, a state government official said,”Abe is visiting Gujarat at a time when the current Japanese investments in the state are close to one billion US dollars. This is expected to reach USD three billion by 2020.”
Modi and Abe will visit Ahmedabad on September 13 afternoon, following which the two prime ministers will first visit Sabarmati Ashram and before heading for a heritage hotel in the old city area. A senior government official told Sunday Express “The Japanese PM will be accorded a very warm welcome. We are expecting people to turn up on the route between Sabarmati Ashram and the hotel to welcome the two leaders. Later, both of them will hold talks at the hotel, before attending a dinner hosted by Modi at the same venue.”
The Asia-Africa Growth Corridor (AAGC) that India is planning to develop along with Japan is also expected to feature in the talks. Earlier this year, a vision document regarding the AAGC was released by the two governments on the sidelines of an African Development Bank Meeting (AfDB) held at Gandhinagar.
On Day 2, both the state leaders will visit Sabarmati railway station in Ahmedabad where they will lay the foundation stone of Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail Corridor.
As per Indian Express report, a MoU has already been signed between Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and India’s Railway Ministry for the 508-km corridor. Interestingly, the two-thirds of it is expected to fall within Gujarat.
After which, Modi and Abe will head towards Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar and will indulge in delegation level talks. “A parallel CEO conference will also be held at the same venue, where representatives from both India and Japan will participate,” the official said, adding that an entire hotel in western Ahmedabad has been booked to accommodate a Japanese delegation that will be arriving with Abe, the report added.