The partnership between India-Japan-Africa can usher in a new era of global development, experts concurred on Wednesday in early morning discussions at the Global Partnership Summit.“India-Japan-Africa Global partnership (IJAGP) promotes people to people partnership besides a sustainable and empowerment based social-economic global framework. One has to work towards a common objective of establishing an alternative development model framework,” said Vibhav Kant Upadhyay, founder, chairman, global partnership summit.Upadhyay added that India and Japan already have a strong and vibrant development framework based on non-bilateral cooperation. “Going forward, we look to the African nations to create a geo-political partnership for an equitable global order,” he said.Also readThe Asia-Africa Growth Corridor is the answer to OBOR Bilali Camara, Country Director, UNAIDS India said for the benefit of humanity, the partnership between the three has to continue. “Healthcare is very important and with our continued partnership, we can eliminate AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria from both Africa and India,” he saidWe have to go behind best medical care, it has to be sharing of best knowledge, best advise which has to be given to people so that they can protect themselves, Camara said.Africa is set for a leap in next decade with upward moving socio economic indicators and there is untapped potential for shared growth and peaceful development. Africa has a strong desire for assuring sustainable future for its people.“IJAGP’s growth model is based on the principles of alternative development model of empowerment and not on the existing model of exploitation,” Upadhyay added.There are many common factors between India-Africa relationship such as partners in freedom struggle, strong people to people contact, trade ties, traditional societies, young demography and close cultural ties.The way forward would be to respect sovereignty of each African state, building partnerships or joint ventures between Indian Japanese African governments or companies and empowering local inhabitants.Community development is the best model forward. Human rights are critical to this development and right to access healthcare is also very important, Camara said.Doga Makiura, a Japanese social entrepreneur, who has an online education firm with presence in Indonesia, Phillipines, Mexico, is looking to tap into African market to train youth there. “Currently, we are looking at Nigeria, Ghana and West Africa to offer our online education services. We need human capital, there is dearth of skilled young people in Japan,” he said.
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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday congratulated his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on his re-election and said he looked forward to further strengthening the relations between the two countries.Abe got a resounding victory in the snap polls held on Sunday, with his LDF-led coalition winning two-thirds majority in the lower house of Parliament.”Heartiest greetings to my dear friend @AbeShinzo on his big election win. Look forward to further strengthen India- Japan relations with him,” Modi tweeted.Modi and Abe share a great relationship and have met several times over the last three years.Abe was in India recently for the annual summit meeting with Modi.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe set the ball rolling for the Ahmedabad-Mumbai Bullet train project on Thursday, while stressing more than once that India and Japan would remain close friends and would further strengthen bilateral trade and strategic ties.Being built mainly with Japanese funding, the Rs1.10 lakh crore train connecting Ahmedabad and Mumbai willl be India’s first high-speed rail project. It will bring down travel time between the two cities to just over two hours.PM Modi said the project shows the high ambition and willpower of a ‘New India’. Describing the ambitious project as a “gift from Japan to India”, he said the country has given a loan of Rs 88,000 crore at 0.1 per cent interest for the project.He also thanked “his close friend” Shinzo Abe for launching the project within such a short time.”The bullet train will travel from ‘Aapnu Amdavad’ to ‘Aamchi Mumbai’,” Modi said, referring to the manner in which the two cities are described.In his address, Abe described India as a close friend of Japan and said a strong India is in Japan’s interest, and vice versa. Abe also heaped praises on Modi, calling him “a decisive leader”.”Japan’s ‘JA and India’s Í’ make ‘Jai’, a symbol of victory. This train will fulfil Narendra Modi’s Make in India dream. Modi and I will work towards reailising Jai Japan, Jai India. Japan is with him to realise his dream of New India. I wish to visit Ahmedabad on a bullet train,” Abe said.The project is expected to be completed by 2022-23. Both prime ministers said they hope to take a ride together in the bullet train the day it becomes operational.Later in the day, the two leaders issued a joint statement, agreeing to broaden strategic and defence partnership between the two countries by strengthening cooperation in the India-Pacific region. The prime ministers also discussed ways to elevate the level of special strategic and global partnership between India and Japan.Addressing the India-Japan Annual Meet later in the evening, Modi recalled that Japan was the first country to partner the Vibrant Gujarat Summit when he started the biennial business meet in 2003.He also said his decade-old dream of seeing a mini-Japan in Gujarat had come true with many Japanese companies setting up industries in the state. He also made a strong pitch for more Japanese investments in the country, saying India was positioning itself as a global manufacturing hub and had undertaken a number of structural reforms to make it easier to do business.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe concludes his second India trip, China has issued a message for both India and Japan.In a veiled comment at the visit, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said, “We advocate that regional countries should stand for dialogue without confrontation and work for partnership instead of alliance.”The comment by Beijing came as New Delhi and Tokyo sought to firm up their close ties during Japanese Prime Minister Shizo Abe’s visit to India.India and Japan inked 15 agreements to further broad-base their strategic partnership and agreed to strengthen cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region where China is increasing its assertiveness.Hua, however, declined to comment on specific issue like Japan’s plans to sell US-2 amphibious aircraft to India, saying she would like to wait till a detailed readout from the two countries following a meeting between Abe and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Japan’s plans to sell the amphibious aircraft to India raised eyebrows here as this is first such move by Tokyo to sell defence equipment to any country. China is also concerned about Japan getting the first bullet train project in India between Ahmedabad and Mumbai.China too is vying for high speed rail projects in India, specially the New Delhi-Chennai corridor.China and Japan also have a longstanding dispute over islands in the East China Sea. Chinese ties with Japan have also been strained by what Beijing see as Japanese leaders’ reluctance to atone for the country s wartime past.Hua said China will “stay open and welcome normal development of relations between the countries in the region”, as long as they are conducive to peace and stability in the region.”We hope that relations will be conducive to regional peace and stability and can play a constructive role in this regard,” she said.Commenting on Abe’s visit to India, Chinese think-tanks expressed concern over the “Freedom Corridor”, as well as several joint infrastructure projects being launched by India and Japan together in different countries as strategic move by the two countries to counterbalance China’s ambitious multi- billion Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).The Indo-Japanese initiative, called the ‘Freedom Corridor’, stretching from Asia-Pacific to Africa, aims at stabilising the region.”The Freedom Corridor, designed to serve as a counterbalance to China’s BRI is expected to figure prominently in talks between Abe and Modi,” Hu Zhiyong, a research fellow at the Institute of International Relations of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences told state-run Global Times today.However, the Japanese-Indian initiative is just a beginning. It is unlikely to reach the same level as the BRI, Chu Yin, an associate professor at the University of International Relations said.The Chinese analysts also referred to report that India and Japan were embarking on multiple infrastructure projects across Africa, Iran, Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia in what could be viewed as pushback against China’s unilateral infrastructure initiatives connecting it with Europe and Africa.India boycotted the Belt and Road Forum (BRF) held this year due to its sovereignty concerns over the USD 50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor which passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.”Though India objects to CPEC, India’s real reason is that it doesn’t want to see China’s influence in South Asia and refuses to open its domestic market to China,” Ye Hailin, director of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences’ National Institute of International Strategy, said.Also the Global Times tabloid, in an editorial titled ‘India-Japan intimacy no threat to China’ said “in a changing world, the India-Japan intimacy is more like a contrivance”.It said Japan is unlikely to challenge China as it has strong bilateral trade relations with Beijing.”Under the international relations logic of the 21st century, closer India-Japan ties won’t pose grave threats to China because many of their emotional moves to console each other won’t produce any real effects in challenging China,” it said.
Mostly funded by a $17bn (£12.78bn) loan from Japan, the train will run between Ahmedabad and Mumbai.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> They may be here only for two days, but Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe took out time to celebrate the Indian fashion.While his wife sported a beautiful pink coloured salwar-kameez paired with a cream-hued dupatta, Shinzo donned white kurta pajama and a blue Indian-style Nehru jacket, similar to that of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which he wears during his foreign visits.Prime Minister Modi received the couple at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took part in an eight-kilometre-long road show with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a first -of its kind by a foreign leader from Ahmedabad Airport to Sabarmati Aashram located on the banks of the River Sabarmati.The Japanese Prime Minister will next attend the India-Japan annual summit meeting, wherein the two leaders are expected to focus on enhancing bilateral and strategic ties.The 12th edition of the summit, which will be the fourth meeting between India and Japan, will be held in Gandhinagar.The two leaders will review the recent progress in the multifaceted co-operation between India and Japan under the framework of their ‘Special Strategic and Global Partnership’ and will set its future direction.Prime Minister Modi and the Japanese PM will also attend a function to mark the commencement of work of India’s first high-speed rail project between Ahmedabad and Mumbai.The train is expected to significantly reduce the travel time between the two cities. Japan is a pioneer in high-speed rail networks, and its Shinkansen bullet train is among the fastest in the world.An India-Japan Business Plenary will also be held.