Additional Secretary, Union Ministry of Commerce & Industry reviews the status of Sri City’s Japanese Industrial Township

Sri City, September 9, 2022: Ms. Sumita Dawra, IAS, Additional Secretary, Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade(DPIIT), Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India, visited Sri City. Mr. Satish Kamat, President (Operations) extended warm welcome and gave a briefing on the overall status of industrial development in the park. She reminisced about her earlier visit to Sri City six years ago, and said she is extremely glad to observe remarkable expansion and noticeable growth in investments, strengthening the ‘Make in India’ Initiative.

In a meeting held with all the Japanese CEOs/Plant Heads, Ms. Sumita Dawra reviewed the status of the Japan Industrial Township (JIT) in Sri City.  Presenting the status of JIT in Sri City,  Mr. Satish Kamat highlighted the facilities being offered, such as world-class infrastructure, ready-to-move-in buildings, plug and play facilities, completely developed industrial plots, translation and facilitation support, residential clusters, and special incentives, etc., He said that the Japan-India Institute for Manufacturing (JIM), a residential skill training centre setup in partnership with Sri City and some of the Japanese units based at Sri City grooms unemployed youth in Japanese manufacturing practices and processes and transforms them ‘industry ready’. He mentioned that, with the presence of 27 companies from different sectors, Sri City‘s JIT stands as the second largest among the 13 JITs in the country. “The cumulative investment of all these companies is 1.3 billion USD offering employment to 15,000 people, ” he added.

Greeting the participants Ms. Sumita Dawra said that Japan is the only country that has dedicated ‘country-focused industrial townships’ in India. Expressing satisfaction on the status of JIT,  she said,”I am delighted to note that most of the Japanese firms here are expanding their operations.” To enhance the ‘ease of doing business,’ she solicited inputs on the existing facilities and government procedures in vogue, and invited participants to share their experiences and recommendations for improvement. She urged more investments from Japanese MSMEs and ancillary industries as well.

On behalf of the Sri City Japanese Companies Group (SJCG), Mr. Taizo Iwami, Managing Director, IMOP, Mr. Venugopal, DGM, ISUZU, and a few others have brought to the Additional Secretary’s attention some of the issues and requested her to look into them. She made a note of all the issues brought to her notice and promised to take them to the appropriate authorities for addressing.

Mr. Hideki Asaba, Senior Investment Advisor,  Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO), Invest India‘s Senior Assistant Vice Presidents Ms. Sai Sudha Chandrasekharan and Mr. Raja Singh Khurana, and CII – Southern Region official Mr. Samsudin, officials of Andhra Pradesh Industrial Development Corporation (APIDC), Tirupati, Mr. C. Ramesh Kumar, Vice President (Customer Relations) were  also present.

The Additional Secretary and the entourage went around the Business City and visited the production plants of Kobelco and Isuzu.