The Minister of State
for Home Affairs Shri Kiren Rijiju addresses the seminar on
‘Indo-Pacific Region: Converging India-Japan interests’, organised by
Observer Research Foundation (ORF) here today.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Kiren Rijiju said that the relation
between India and Japan are rooted in long history and both the
countries share common values such as commitment to democracy, supremacy
of law, human rights and global peace. Sixty four years have passed
since both India and Japan established their diplomatic relations and
during this period, they have been able to build a very robust
partnership based on mutually convergent strategic and economic
interests, he added.
On Strategic ties, the Minister said that India and Japan have signed a
Declaration on security cooperation and taken several steps to
strengthen the cooperation in defence production and civil nuclear
energy. He also highlighted Japan’s participation in the Malabar joint
exercises for maritime security.
On economic ties, Shri Kiren Rijiju said that Japan is supporting
several mega-infrastructure projects like the Delhi-Mumbai Freight
Corridor, Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor, Chennai-Bangalore Industrial
Corridor and Mumbai-Ahmadabad high speed railway. He said that both
countries have also entered into a comprehensive economic partnership
agreement to boost trade and investment. Japanese private investment has
made a great impact particularly on the automobile sector in India, he
Shri Rijiju said that India has been the biggest recipient of Japan’s
Official Development Assistance (ODA) loans since 2003. He said that
Japanese aid has flowed into several critical sectors such as power,
transport, communication, irrigation, connectivity projects in Northeast
India, modernization of railways and ports.
ORF began its journey in 1990 and brought together leading Indian
economists and policymakers to present the agenda for India’s economic
reforms. From primarily looking inward and engaging with domestic
reforms, to gradually forging global partnerships, ORF today plays a
seminal role in building political and policy consensus that enables
India to interact with the world. It provides non-partisan, independent,
well-researched analyses and inputs to diverse decision-makers in
Governments, business communities, and academia and to civil society
around the world. ORF seeks to lead and aid policy thinking towards
building a strong and prosperous India in a fair and equitable world.