Modi-Abe roadshow LIVE Updates: Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is visiting India for two-day visit. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will welcome Abe at Ahmedabad in Gujarat. Abe, who will be attending India-Japan annual summit meeting, is likely to hold a roadshow with PM Modi. This will be fourth meeting between PM Modi and Abe. “I look forward to welcoming PM @AbeShinzo. I will be hosting him in Gujarat in our fourth annual summit together,” PM Modi tweeted in English as well as in Japanese.
10:23 am: Prime Minister Modi will host dinner for Abe at a hotel in the old city area.
10:21 am: Ahmedabad has been recently included in the World Heritage City list. Japanese PM will be given an overview of the heritage of the city in prime minister Modi’s home state.
10:18 AM: On Thursday, Abe and Modi will lay the foundation stone for the high-speed train project between Ahmedabad and Mumbai which is expected to be completed by 2022, and is likely to traverse the distance of over 500 km between in around two hours.
10:15 AM: Japan has extended a soft loan for the ambitious project conceptualised by Modi.
10:13 AM: Both the leaders visit Sabarmati Ashram and iconic Sidi Saiyyed Mosque in the eastern part of the city famous for its intricate stone lattice work today.
10:05 AM: PM Narendra Modi will be present through the road show with Abe with people lining the streets their cavalcade would pass through.
10:03 AM: The visit will begin today afternoon with an 8 km road show where Abe will be accorded a grand welcome, officials said.
10:00 AM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be present through the road show with Abe with people lining the streets their cavalcade would pass through.
9:58 AM: Gujarat will roll out the red carpet for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe who arrives today on a two-day visit during which he will lay the foundation stone for India’s first bullet train project.
9:55 AM: The twin cities of Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar, which will host a slew of programmes during the high-profile visit, are all decked up to welcome the foreign dignitary with streets shimmering in fluorescent lights, and hoardings and banners welcoming Abe dotting them.
9:52 AM: Robust security arrangements have been put in place for the 12th Indo-Japan Summit and business meet where Japanese companies are likely to announce major investments in Gujarat.
9:40 AM: As many as fifteen Japanese firms would sign agreements to invest in Gujarat during Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit, while the state would also get cheaper loan for infrastructure development from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the government announced yesterday.
9:37 AM: According to Gujarat Chief Secretary, J N Singh, 15 Japanese companies are keen to invest in Gujarat and will be signing agreements with the state government during the 12th Indo-Japanese annual summit in Gandhinagar on Thursday.
9:34 AM: The summit will be held in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Abe, who will begin his two-day state visit from tomorrow.
9:32 AM: Some of these companies include Moresco, Toyoda Gosei, Topre and Murakami.
9:29 AM: “These firms will invest in Gujarat during the next one month, for which MoUs will be signed during the summit,” Singh told reporters here today.
9:26 AM: According to D Thara, vice-president and managing director of the Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC), total 17-18 agreements to be signed during the summit, 15 will be between Japanese firms and the GIDC.
9:23 AM: “Fifteen Japanese companies have already committed to invest in Gujarat, for which they’ve started the process of purchasing land from GIDC. These 15 companies will sign MoUs with GIDC during the summit,” Thara told PTI.
9:21 AM: She further said the quantum of investment by these firms will be disclosed later.
9:18 AM: A day after the two-day visit ends, a high level delegation with the representatives from 55 other Japanese firms would visit several industrial clusters in the state.
9:15 AM: “Officials of 55 Japanese companies will visit the industrial clusters at Mandal and Sanand talukas of Ahmedabad, as they want to have a first-hand information about the infrastructure before deciding to invest,” she added.
9:12 AM: Singh said that apart from these agreements, a memorandum of cooperation will be signed between Gujarat government and JICA for the development of infrastructure sector in the state, including the development of Alang shipyard in Bhavnagar.
9:09 AM: “JICA is offering loan to the state government at cheaper rate for the development of infrastructure. This loan would also be utilised for the development of Alang shipyard. We will sign a memorandum of cooperation with JICA during the summit in this regard,” said Singh.
9:05 AM: Both Modi and Abe are expected to land at Ahmedabad today. They are scheduled to take part in the Indo-Japanese Annual Summit in Gandhinagar the next day after laying the foundation stone for the Ahmedabad-Mumbai Bullet Train project.
8:56 AM: “India truly values the relationship with Japan and we look forward to further boosting our bilateral ties in a wide range of sectors,” PM Modi said.
8:53 AM: The bullet train is expected to significantly reduce 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.
8:47 AM: Ahead of the Japanese Prime Minister’s visit, PM Modi on Tuesday said in a tweet that India truly values its ties with Japan and looks forward to further boosting the bilateral relations in a wide range of areas.
8:41 AM: PM 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.
8:38 AM: 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.
8:35 AM: An India-Japan Business Plenary will also be held. Today, the two Prime Ministers will visit Sabarmati Ashram, which was established by Mahatma Gandhi on the banks of the River Sabarmati.
8:29 AM: 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.
8:26 AM: The 12th edition of the summit, which will be the fourth meeting between PM Modi and Shinzo Abe, will be held in Gandhinagar today.
8:20 AM: Japan PM Shinzō Abe will begin his 2-day visit to India; He is expected to hold a roadshow with PM Modi to Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad.