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Injack signs MoU with Yokohama India Centre; SMEs to benefit

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June 05, 2014 | COMMENTS ( 0 )

Injack signs MoU with Yokohama India Centre; SMEs to benefit

The Indo Japan Chamber of Commerce Kerala (INJACK) recently signed a MoU with Yokohama India Centre (YIC) for mutual cooperation in promoting business between Kerala and Japan.

 

The signing ceremony was held during a video conference between officials of the two organisations at Nippon Kerala Centre in KINFRA Hi-Tech Park, Kalamassery, a release said. Former IAS officer and INJACK President T Balakrishnan and Yoshihiro Nishida, Co-Chairman of Yokohama India Centre, signed the MoU.

 

Yokohama has a long history of doing business with India.  It was in Yokohama that Indian merchants first entered Japan about 150 years ago and established their business base.  Since then Indian business presence in Yokohama has increased manifold and now several big Indian IT companies, including Infosys and TCS, have branches and some like TVS have manufacturing units there.

 

With the signing of the MoU, business cooperation in the SME sector is expected to get a boost, as the focus of Injack is on developing business in the SME sector. Injack has already identified 50 SMEs in and around Yokohama for business matching with SMEs in Kerala.

 

Balakrishnan proposed partnerships between women entrepreneurs of Kerala and Japan in the SME sector. A survey by a Japanese consultant to identify more specific areas of interest to Japanese entrepreneurs was also mooted.  A delegation of Japanese business persons is likely to visit Kerala early next year.

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