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Japan ready to help Andhra on new capital

Representatives of various economic agencies of Japan today expressed interest in building a smart capital city for Andhra Pradesh in Vijayawada -Guntur region besides transferring technology in agriculture and food processing sectors.

A delegation comprising representatives of Japan External Trade Organisation, Japan Bank for International Cooperation, New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organisation, Japan International Cooperation Agency and officials of Japan Embassy held an “exploratory meeting” with Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu at the Secretariat here.

The delegation informed Naidu that Japan was keen on developing an industrial park that would have a dedicated utility centre in the state, an official statement said.

The Japanese also expressed interest in setting two 4,000 MW thermal plants in Visakhapatnam and Srikakulam districts and a 2,000 MW solar power unit in Anantapuram district.

A joint working group has been constituted to work out modalities of the projects, it said, adding that the visiting representatives expressed readiness to transfer technology in agriculture and food processing sectors.

The Japanese delegation informed the Chief Minister that it would be meeting officials of 100 companies in New Delhi next month and wanted a representative of Andhra Government to attend the event.

This would be a prelude to the proposed visit of Naidu to Japan next month.


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