Assam CM Himanta BIswa Sarma and Ambassador of Japan Hiroshi Suzuki in Guwahati on February 12

Assam’s chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma held a significant meeting with the Ambassador of Japan Hiroshi Suzuki in Guwahati on February 11. The discussions centred around strengthening the collaborative efforts between India and Japan, with a particular focus on fostering mutual prosperity through increased investment and trade opportunities.

Expressing his pleasure at the ambassador’s visit, CM Sarma conveyed Assam’s strong enthusiasm and unwavering commitment to advancing mutual prosperity within the framework of the India-Japan Strategic Partnership.

“Delighted to receive the Ambassador of Japan, HE Mr. Hiroshi Suzuki at my office today. I conveyed Assam’s enthusiasm and our commitment to mutual prosperity through the India-Japan Strategic Partnership, leveraging investment and trade opportunities,” said chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma in a post on social media.

Chief minister Sarma underscored Assam’s dedication to creating a conducive environment for Japanese investments, reaffirming the state’s eagerness to welcome and support Japanese businesses.

India and Japan share a ‘Special Strategic and Global Partnership’, grounded in a longstanding history of spiritual affinity and robust cultural and civilizational ties, according to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

Over the years, the relations between the two nations have matured, encompassing a wide array of areas of cooperation, including political, defense and security, economic, science and technology, education, culture, and people-to-people exchanges. There is a noticeable trend of growing strategic convergence between India and Japan.

Bilateral trade between India and Japan totalled USD 21.96 billion during FY 2022-23. Exports from Japan to India during this period amounted to USD 16.49 billion, while imports stood at USD 5.46 billion, as highlighted by the MEA.

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