Union Minister of State for Power, Coal and Renewable Energy Piyush Goyal on Thursday emphasised the need to deepen cooperation in the energy sector between India and Japan.
The minister is in Tokyo to attend the eighth India-Japan Energy dialogue from 12-14 January with his counterpart Motoo Hayashi, Minister of Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) in Tokyo, Japan.
"The cooperation in the energy sector should be such that Japanese technology and capital can be dovetailed with Indian high-skilled human resources and 'Make in India' to create partnerships not only for the mutual benefit but also for benefit to the world. This resonates with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision to make India the manufacturing hub of the world," Goyal said.
Goyal and Hayashi reaffirmed their desire to significantly increase engagement between the two countries in the areas of energy, including renewable energy and energy efficient technologies.
The two ministers agreed to have frequent discussions between the Working Groups, through video conferences and bilateral visits, so issues related to mutual business opportunities could be taken forward expeditiously.
They agreed that mutual engagement must result in concrete outcomes that can be showcased during the annual summit meeting between the two prime ministers, an official statement said.
Goyal, referring to the ambitious 175-GW renewable energy programme and the largest LED programme in the world, also underlined the fact that energy efficiency and renewable energy are two key thrust areas and the potential for use of Japanese technology is significant. India presents one of the large and fastest growing markets for Japanese cutting-edge technology, and will be keen to promote such technology that could be of mutual benefit to both sides.
Goyal also extended his personal invitation to Hayashi to lead a high-level METI delegation to the upcoming "Make in India" week, which is scheduled to be held in Mumbai from 13-18 February, 2016.