Field Survey on Economy in India (FY2008)
Program participants visited the cities of Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, and Coimbatore in India where economic growth has been particularly pronounced. There, they met and exchanged ideas with local government officials and representatives from the economy and industry, and from environmental organizations. They also visited a Panasonic plant in Delhi, Toyota Kirloskar Motor, Syngene International Ltd, Biocon, and Infosys in Bangalore, and in Coimbatore toured the Jatropha Farming Project, which is garnering attention for its biofuel.
Organized by: Institute for International Studies and Training (IIST), Kansai Economic Federation (Kankeiren), the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
Dates: Jaunuary 18 (Sunday) - 26 (Monday), 2009; 9 days
Places: India (Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore)
11persons (For details, please see bottom of page.)
-Discussion with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)
-Discussion with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
-Meeting with Japan Embassy/JETRO/JICA
-Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT)
-National Productivity Council
-Indian Ministry of Commerce (meet with Vice Minister/Secretary Shankar)
-Toyota Motor Corporation Plant
-Meeting with Prof. Ghosh, Indian
-Syngene International Ltd, Biocon
-Meeting with Japanese Consulate General/local Japanese companies
-Indo-Japan Chamber of Commerce & Industry
-Environmental Studies, Anna University
-Minister of Agriculture, Tamil Nadu
-Jatropha Farming Project
In recent years, the prominence of India has increased in discussions on growth in Asia. From the standpoint of looking ahead and investigating future development in Asia, it is extremely important to conduct a survey research on India, a country with a booming economy and a population of 1 billion, the largest after China with a population of 1.3 billion. In addition, as India forms a large consumer market in the wake of its growing population and developing economy, it is becoming a complex nation facing risks that include problems with environment, resources/food supply, and water. This program was implemented with the purpose of taking a look at India to build a more significant economic relationship with the country by carrying out a survey based on dynamic trends, actual conditions, and problematic areas, and to search for potentials and problems in future growth in Asia by gathering data and sorting out issues. The main survey content was as follows:
1. The current state and potentials of India as a large consumer market
2. The present circumstances and issues involving policies for gaining market access (ASEAN approach, etc.)
1. Problems with resources/energies/water, etc.
2. Future potential of the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC), such as legislation/infrastructure, etc.
(3) Japanβs reactions and dilemmas; possibility of partnerships with Japan (particularly the Kansai region).
Since the survey was conducted with the aim of understanding both the Indian economy and environment, in addition to visits with the Indian Ministry of Commerce (a meeting with Vice Minister/Secretary Shankar), the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), and the National Productivity Council, project members also held discussions with organizations that conduct activities focusing on the environment, such as The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and a professor from the Centre for Environmental Studies, Anna University. These meetings highlighted that even in this global recession the Indian economy has sustained relatively little damage compared to other Asian countries, and while there are signs of continued strong economic growth, not only do infrastructure problems in various areas remain (particularly inadequate land routes, transportation in Delhi), but worsening environmental issues that accompany economic growth also exist (air pollution, water pollution, low level of environmental awareness among Indian people).
In addition, in both Delhi and Chennai, the mission members received information about the economic environment and relationship with Japan in north and south India from the Japanese embassy in India, the consul general in Chennai, representatives from JETRO and JICA, and Japanese persons engaged in private enterprises in India.
Along with the specialists dispatched for this program, several executives from the Kansai business community considering developing business in India also joined the mission, increasing the possibility of developing business relations between India and Japan in the future.
[Two experts dispatched from IIST]
- Mr. Tatsuhiro TOKUDA
Deputy General Manager, International Affairs Department, Kansai Economic Federation (Kankeiren)
- Mr. Kenji TAKAHASHI, Manager, International Affairs Department, Kansai Economic Federation (Kankeiren)
- Mr.Yasuhiro SAKAI Head, Administrative Department, Kansai Research Centre, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies
[Kansai Business Fields]
- Mr. Teruo AOYAGI, Managing Director & Secretary General, Kansai Economic Federation (Kankeiren) - Mr. Shinichi SATO Managing Director, Kuraray India Private Limited - Mr. Jun OTANI, Chief Representative, New Delhi Office, Konoike Transport Co.,Ltd. - Mr. Tsuneyuki OKADA, General Manager, Planning & Administration Dept., KANSAI SUMITOMO CORPORATION - Mr. Kota MIYAZUMI Department Manager, Corporate Planning Dept. DAIKIN INDUSTRIES,LTD. - Mr. Katsuhiko KAMBARA, Executive Support Office, Councilor, Panasonic Corporation - Mr. Tetsuya KOSHIKAWA, Representative Director, REVO INTERNATIONAL INC.
- Ms. Akiko TOYOYAMA, Program Coordinator, Asia Department, Institute for International Studies and Training (IIST)
General Affairs Dept.