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In the introduction, my tenure as the Chief Minister of Gujarat for many years was described in detail and now I have assumed charge as the Prime Minister of India. The most characteristic feature of my tenure in Gujarat was that I had excellent relations with the Industrial houses and the business groups of Japan. Over the past 6-7 years there was hardly a week when a Japanese delegation would not have visited Gujarat. These interactions enabled me to understand what should be the approach of administrators and what should be the initiatives for ease of business? Now I have a general understanding about the steps that can lead to simplification of policies. I have also developed an understanding of requisites specific to Japan.

When I was the Chief Minister of Gujarat, we did not know what is Golf or a golf course.  When the Japanese delegation visited us, we realized that as a government , for business purposes we need to cater to minor details in order to facilitate trade, though this was nowhere on my agenda. I thought that in order to facilitate trade and commerce, it will be needed to look into minute detail. Hence today, I am telling you with pride that we created a world  class golf courses in Gujarat. This is an example of how should be the coordination e between the pro-active government, administration and investors. One must take note of minute observations and now I understand this very well.

I am happy to be here since I have been to Japan earlier as well. You all welcomed me when I was the Chief Minister; even the Japanese government welcomed me. The people of Japan who are associated with Gujarat and know about the Gujarat model are more aware of who Modi is and what he does in Gujarat.  Now that I have assumed the charge as the Prime Minister of India, their expectations are really high which is but natural. Not only do they have great expectations,  they also expect things to happen faster.

I have come here to reiterate my commitment. Please see the work I have done in the past 100 days. I was new to National politics, on such a high post, I had never been in that kind of a process. I came from a small state. Despite these limitations the initiatives we had undertaken in the past 100 days , the decisions we have taken one after the another , their outcomes are clearly visible now. Among the Japanese management systems we give great importance to Karzai System of reform. You will be happy to know that in order to make my PMO more efficient and productive, we consulted the Karzai system and have introduced it. Training of various departments is already in progress. I have been working consistently for the past three months to bring the efficiency levels of the Japanese at least initially. One of your teams is working with me.

My priority is good governance. When I talk of good governance, I am talking of making a case  for ease of business. Any company that comes expects to get a single window clearance. Single window clearance is a matter of good governance. That is why we have emphasized on good governance. How do we enhance online processes? There are a few pending questions I remember. When I came here in 2012 some questions were put to me. They were beyond my scope, yet I was expected to respond. But they were related more to the Government of India  than with me. I think you had some kind of a premonition and hence you started giving me a list from 2012 itself.

You wanted to open a bank in Ahmadabad. Soon after joining my first job was to grant the  permission. There were discussions going on for a long time about “Real Earth” That job was done. We took many such decisions one after another. We have already granted permission to Japanese banks to open more branches in India. It is my impression that we are taking decisions fast since being a Gujarati trade and commerce is in my veins. Hence I understand these things well. I don’t think businessmen need more concessions. I think businessmen need proper environment to grow. The onus is on the system to provide a proper business environment. It is the responsibility of the administration and the policy makers. Once a correct policy making framework is in place,  things start falling in line.

Sometimes the delay is because of the fact that the task is left at the discretion of lower level of administration. If we run a policy driven state, there will no hesitation in taking a decision at the lower levels. The smallest official can easily take the decision. That is why we have given priority to policy driven governance. If there is policy driven governance, there is no scope of discrimination. There is no passing the buck and each one gets equal justice. We have emphasized that everyone gets equal opportunity.

Our government has been in power for the last three months. You are people from the world of business and you understand the impact of global economy and how different economies of the world are functioning. Last decade has been difficult for us. I do not want to use this forum to go into that debate. But with a growth of 5.7 % in the first quarter we have made a huge jump. This has reaffirmed our credibility, because we were tumbling around 4.4- 4.5-4.6 . And there was an air of despondency. This has brought about a huge change.

You understand how a go- no go attitude hampers the decision making ability. When the people give a clear mandate then situation is different. And it is our good fortune that even Japan after many years has had a clear cut mandate and now there is a stable government in both the upper and the lower house. In India too, after 30 years, a single party has got absolute majority. A clear cut majority brings about two things. It increases our accountability and responsibility. Both these things add inspiration and inertia to our responsibility. Political stability in both these countries is going to be hugely beneficial in the coming days,

You know India is world’s youngest nation. 65% of the population is below 35 years of age. We are mapping the global work force requirement of the world by 2020, so we are working on skill development to play an important role in the workforce needs. But we want upscale skill development on the lines of Japan where there is quality, zero defect, efficiency, and discipline is never lacking. I think Japan can help us in a big way. I am talking to all the representatives of the Japanese government and wish to have the same level of skill development that caters to global requirements. We want to do global mapping and accordingly we want to undertake and focus on skill development.

Similarly we want to collaborate with Japan in the field of research and move ahead. Human nature is such that continuous research is imperative. There is no end of the road in the field of research. And if we want to do research than who can help in taking that intellectual property forward? India wants to be a part of this flow. There is a big scope in India, a population of 125 crores. A new urge has seen the light of the day. Indians also want a change in their quality of life and hence this urge arises from within. So we can imagine how huge the requirement is?

If we take the energy sector, clean energy is the biggest requirement. We are not a hydro carbon rich country. We do not believe in the exploitation of nature. We believe in environment friendly development. And hence it is imperative for us that we work in the field of clean energy. In this context, whatever support we get from Japan will be of great help in fulfilling a huge global demand. The attempt to avoid global warming by the use of clean energy will be a huge help in comparison to the energy consumption by 125 crore Indians.

We have taken a lot of initiatives in the infrastructure sector in the recent budget. With great bravado we have taken a decision for 100% FDI in railways. We have taken up an important decision of 49% FDI in defence. In infrastructure we are talking about 100% FDI. We will bring about the required changes in the legal procedures in this regard. We will have to change the rules. I believe that we will soon reap the benefits of these initiatives.

If you are to take your Gujarat experience as a parameter then I would request you that in the coming days you will get the same response in India, the same benefits, same speed and same result oriented approach. I have come to give all the Japanese friends of the business world this belief that such change will happen.  I also believe that this economic coordination between India and Japan is not to enhance the balance sheets alone. Is it just to increase our bank balance? Or is to increase the volume of business or raise our stature? I believe that the Indo Japan relations go far beyond that.

Neither you nor I have nor does the global community have the slightest doubt that the 21st century will belong to Asia. This is accepted by the whole world. There are no doubts about it. 21st century belongs to Asia,  the whole world knows. But I have a different question and that is how should this 21st century be? Who it belongs to, we have an answer but how it should be is for us to decide. I believe that how the 21st century will be depends on how deep the Indo Japan relations are and how progressive they are. Our commitment to peace and progress will define how India and Japan are able to impact Asia and later the world. So for the fulfillment of peace in 21st century, for progress in 21st century and fulfilling basic human needs India and Japan have a huge responsibility. The people have given a clear verdict of political stability for the fulfillment of this huge responsibility. Now the onus is on the chosen governments, their policy makers and opinion makers, the leaders of the industrial and financial world. If we are able to fulfill these duties then we can chart a course for the world to tread.

The world is divided into two streams. One is that of expansionism and the other of development. We have to decide whether the world gets engulfed in the expansionism or encourage development opportunities to scale new heights.  Those who follow the path of the Buddha and believe in development are guaranteed for peace and progress. But today, what we are witnessing is the expansionist mindset of the 18th century. To interfere in the affairs of a country, to occupy territories within a country, such expansionist tendencies will serve no good in the 21st Century.

Development is mandatory and I believe that in the 21st century if Asia has to lead the world than India and Japan will have to take the development to new heights. I would request people from industrial world, commercial world, financial world, business circle and intellectual arena to join hands. This is a shared responsibility of both India and Japan. Now we cannot remain confined to the development of either India or Japan or some specific industry alone.  We have now greater responsibilities to fulfill.

I believe that today I am among those people who are in a way a huge driving force for the world economy. The people seated in this room are the ones who provide direction to world economy.  These are the people who have an authority in world economy. I am talking about human development, world peace, and progress of the poor people of the world to such esteemed and distinguished people. India wants to play its role to accomplish this huge responsibility. The new government definitely desires to push forward he reforms.

I want to tell something to my industrial friends in Japan. We have decided to create a special management team named Japan Plus within the PMO. It will be dedicated to facilitate the needs of Japan and make things easy for you. Also I would like to add 10  members chosen by Japan  in my team looking after the industrial works. These team members will sit permanently with the Indian team, will understand your requirements and be a part of our decision making process. This arrangement will ensure both ease of business and ease for Japan. I am grateful to you for having an opportunity to interact with you and share your valuable time..

A  huge delegation is accompanying me. You must be familiar, someone must be familiar with some members, but not all might be familiar. I can say that the who ’s who of Indian industrial world are present in this room. You might want to meet them later. I would request all my Indian friends to stand up at their place, so that the people who want to meet can do so easily, they may shake hands and share their thoughts and ideas with you . These are all my heavy weights, the team of my country. Even I have to seek appointment if I want to meet them.

I am grateful to them for being a part of my entourage ; they are an important part of India’s development. We are partners. We are the government and they can’t be alienated in a different role. It is not acceptable to us. We all are partners. We are taking India forward as partners. We should get together for Asia and through Asia we should strive for world development.

With these expectations I thank you once again.

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Startups makes presentations before PM on six themes
“It has been decided to celebrate January 16 as National Start-up Day to take the Startup culture to the far flung areas of the country”
“Three aspects of government efforts: first, to liberate entrepreneurship, innovation from the web of government processes, and bureaucratic silos, second, creating an institutional mechanism to promote innovation; third, handholding of young innovators and young enterprises”
“Our Start-ups are changing the rules of the game. That's why I believe Start-ups are going to be the backbone of new India.”
“Last year, 42 unicorns came up in the country. These companies worth thousands of crores of rupees are the hallmark of self-reliant and self-confident India”
“Today India is rapidly moving towards hitting the century of the unicorns. I believe the golden era of India's start-ups is starting now”
“Don't just keep your dreams local, make them global. Remember this mantra

Namaskar,

My colleagues in the Union Cabinet Piyush Goyal ji, Mansukh Mandaviya ji, Ashwini Vaishnaw ji, Sarbananda Sonowal ji, Parshottam Rupala ji, G. Kishan Reddy ji, Pashupati Kumar Paras ji, Jitendra Singh ji, Som Prakash ji, stalwarts from the world of start-ups from across the country, our young friends, other dignitaries and brothers and sisters,

All of us witnessed the success of Indian start-ups and also saw presentations from some of the stakeholders. All of you are doing a great job. This year of 2022 has ushered in even more possibilities for the Indian start-up ecosystem. The ‘Start-up India Innovation Week’ event assumes greater significance in the 75th year of independence. Your role in building a grand India on the completion of 100 years of its independence is immense.

I congratulate all the start-ups and the innovative youth who are raising the flag of India in the world of start-ups. It has been decided to celebrate January 16 as National Start-up Day so that this culture of start-ups gets as far as the far-flung parts of the country.

Friends,

The Start-up India Innovation Week is meant to celebrate the successes of the last year and also to discuss the future strategy. This decade is being called the ‘Techade of India’. There are three important aspects to the massive changes that the government is making in this decade to strengthen the innovation, entrepreneurship and start-up ecosystem.

First, to liberate entrepreneurship and innovation from the web of government processes and bureaucratic silos; second, to create an institutional mechanism to promote innovation; and third to handhold young innovators and youth enterprises! Programs like Start-up India, Stand-Up India are part of such efforts.

Steps like eliminating the hassles of angel tax and simplifying tax filing, facilitating access to credit and ensuring thousands of crores of rupees of government funding reflect our commitment. Under Start-up India, start-ups have been given the facility to self-certify compliances related to nine labour and three environment laws.

The process of simplification of government procedures which started with the self-attestation of documents has reached the stage of eliminating over 25,000 compliances today. Startup Runway on the Government e-Marketplace (GeM) platform is also very useful to enable start-ups to provide their products or services to the government easily.

Friends,

Trust in the ability and creativity of one’s youth is an important basis for the progress of any country. Recognizing this potential of its youth, India is making policies and implementing decisions today. There are more than 1,000 universities, 11,000 stand-alone institutions, 42,000 colleges and lakhs of schools in India. This is the great strength of India.

Our endeavour is to institutionalize innovation in the country by creating an attraction for innovation among students since childhood. More than 9,000 Atal Tinkering Labs are giving children a chance to innovate and work on new ideas in schools. The Atal Innovation Mission is ensuring new platforms for our youth to work on their innovative ideas. In addition, the network of thousands of labs in schools and colleges across the country promotes innovation in every field. We are emphasizing innovation and technology-based solutions to deal with the challenges of the country. We have engaged the youth by organizing many Hackathons and they have given us many innovative solutions in record time.

You must also have experienced how different departments and ministries of the government are in touch with the youth and start-ups and encouraging their new ideas. Whether it is new drone rules, or the new space policy, the priority of the government is to provide opportunities for innovation to as many youths as possible.

Our government has also simplified the rules related to IPR registration. The central and state governments together are supporting hundreds of incubators in the country today. Today, institutions like iCreate are playing a very important role in enhancing the innovation ecosystem in the country. iCreate, i.e., International Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, is giving a strong start to many start-ups and encouraging innovations.

And friends,

We can see the results of these efforts of the government. Whereas 4,000 patents were approved in 2013-14, more than 28,000 patents were granted last year. In 2013-14, about 70,000 trademarks were registered, whereas more than 2.5 lakh trademarks have been registered in 2021. In 2013-14, only 4,000 copyrights were granted, whereas this number crossed 16,000 last year. India's ranking in the Global Innovation Index has also improved a lot due to the campaign that is underway in India regarding innovation. In 2015, India was confined to 81 in this ranking. Now India is ranked 46 in the Innovation Index; it has come down from 50.

Friends,

India's start-up ecosystem is creating waves in the world today. It is the strength of India's start-up ecosystem that it is full of passion, sincerity and integrity. It is the strength of India's start-up ecosystem that it is constantly discovering itself, improving itself and growing in strength. It is constantly in a learning mode, in a changing mode and adapting itself to new situations. Today who would not be proud to see that India's start-ups are working in 55 different industries? Everyone will be proud of it. Where there were not even 500 startups in the country five years ago, today this number has increased to 60,000. You have the power of innovation, you have new ideas, you are full of youthful energy and you are changing the way of doing business. Our start-ups are changing the rules of the game. That's why I believe start-ups are going to be the backbone of new India.

Friends,

This spirit from entrepreneurship to empowerment is also resolving the issues of regional and gender disparity in our development. Earlier, big businesses flourished only in big cities and metros; today there is at least one start-up in every state of the country spread over more than 625 districts. Today almost half the start-ups are operating from Tier-2 and Tier-3 cities. These are converting the ideas of youth from ordinary and poor families into businesses. Today lakhs of youth are getting employment in these start-ups.

Friends,

The speed and scale at which India's youth are creating start-ups is a testament to the strong will and determination of Indians in this era of a global pandemic. Earlier, only a few companies could become big even in the best of times. But, 42 unicorns emerged in our country last year only. These companies worth thousands of crores of rupees are the hallmark of self-reliant, self-confident India. Today India is rapidly moving towards creating the century of the unicorn. And I believe the golden age of India's start-ups is starting now. The diversity of India is our greatest strength. Our diversity is our global identity.

Our unicorns and start-ups are messengers of this diversity. From simple delivery services to payment solutions and cab services, your scope is huge. You have so much experience working in diverse markets and diverse cultures in India itself. Therefore, start-ups from India can easily reach out to other countries of the world. So don't just keep your dreams local, make them global. Remember this mantra -- let us innovate for India, innovate from India!

Friends,

It is time for all to mobilize in the virtuous period of freedom. This is the time to move towards goals with ‘Sabka Prayas (collective efforts). I was happy when a group made important suggestions regarding the PM GatiShakti National Master Plan. The extra space available in GatiShakti projects can be used for building EV charging infrastructure. Under this master plan, the entire infrastructure grid, including transport, power, telecom, etc is being brought on a single platform. Your participation in this campaign of creation of multimodal and multipurpose assets is very important.

This will also give impetus to the creation of new champions in our manufacturing sector. The country's ambitious plans are in front of you in many sectors related to defence manufacturing, chip manufacturing, clean energy and drone technology.

Many investors of the country and abroad are investing in drone start-ups following the implementation of the new drone policy recently. Drone companies have received orders worth about Rs 500 crore from the Army, Navy and Air Force. The government is using drones on a large scale for mapping village properties for the Swamitva scheme. Now the scope of drones is increasing in home delivery of medicines and in agriculture. So it has a lot of potentials.

Friends,

Our rapid urbanization is also a big focus area. Today, work is happening on a large scale in developing our existing cities and building new cities. There is a lot to be done in urban planning. We have to create such ‘walk-to-work’ concepts and integrated industrial estates, where there are better arrangements for the workers. New possibilities are waiting for you in urban planning. For example, a group just mentioned the national cycling plan and car-free zones for big cities. This is very important to promote sustainable lifestyles in cities. You must be aware when I went to the COP-26 summit, I talked about the Mission LIFE and my concept of LIFE is Lifestyle for Environments (LIFE). I believe that we need to make people aware of the use of those things by using technology. For example, the P-3 movement is imperative today. P-3 movement, i.e., Pro-Planet-People! Unless we make people aware of the environment and make them soldiers in the fight against global warming, we cannot win this battle. Therefore, India is involving many countries in this Mission LIFE.

Friends,

Smart mobility will also make the life of cities easier and will also help in achieving our targets of carbon emission.

Friends,

India continues to strengthen its identity as the world's largest millennial market. Millennials are the cornerstone of the prosperity of their families as well as the self-reliance of the nation. Our needs and our potential are limitless from a rural economy to Industry 4.0. Investment in research and development related to future technology is the priority of the government today. But it would be better if the industry also expands its contribution in this.

Friends,

One more thing you have to keep in mind in this decade of the 21st century. A huge market is opening up in the country as well. We have stepped into the digital lifestyle just now. Only about half of our population is online. With the speed, scale and price at which the government is working to provide digital access to the poor and villages, India will have about 100 crore internet users in a very short time.

As last-mile delivery gets empowered in remote areas, it is also creating a rural market and a large pool of rural talent. That's why I request the start-ups of India to move towards villages. This is an opportunity as well as a challenge. Be it mobile internet, broadband connectivity or physical connectivity, the aspirations of villages are rising today. Rural and semi-urban areas are looking forward to a new wave of expansion.

The way the start-up culture has democratized the Idea, it has empowered women and local businesses. From pickles and papadum to handicrafts, the scope of many local products has expanded widely today. Due to increasing awareness, people are becoming vocal for the locals. And just now our friend Kartik from Jaipur talked about making local the global and mentioned virtual tourism. On the occasion of 75 years of independence, I would urge you to hold a competition among children of schools and colleges regarding the virtual creative work of the monuments and events related to independence from the pages of history in their districts and cities. And start-ups like you can compile it and the country should be invited for a virtual tour for 75 years of independence. It will be a big contribution from the start-ups during the Amrit Mahotsav of Independence. If you make a beginning regarding an idea which you like and how to bring forth that idea in which format, I think we can take it forward.

Friends,

During the Covid lockdown, we have seen how small innovative models at the local level made people's lives easier. Start-ups have a huge opportunity for collaboration with small local businesses. Start-ups can empower and make these local businesses efficient. Small businesses are the backbone of the country's development and start-ups are the new game-changer. This partnership can transform both our society and economy and women’s employment especially can get a lot of strength from this.

Friends,

Many suggestions have come here regarding the partnership between government and start-ups in many sectors, including agriculture, health, education, tourism, etc. Like there was a suggestion that our local shopkeepers are hardly able to use 50-60% of their capacity and a digital solution was offered to them so that they could know which items had emptied and which ones needed to be bought. I will suggest that you connect the shopkeepers with their customers. The shopkeepers can inform their customers that they would be running out of stock of some products in three or seven days. If a message is sent to them, then families will not have to search the boxes in the kitchen to see which products they would be running short of after some days. A message can be sent by a shopkeeper to his customer that he is going to run out of stock of turmeric in three days. You can even convert it into a very large platform and can become a very big aggregator and can become a bridge between shopkeepers and customers.

Friends,

I assure you that every suggestion, every idea, every innovation of the youth will get the full support from the government. The next 25 years, which will take the country towards the 100th year of independence, are very important friends and most important for you. This is a new era of innovation i.e. ideas, industry and investment. Your exercise is for India. Your enterprise is for India. Your wealth creation is for India and job creation is for India.

I am fully committed to converting the energy of the youth into the energy of the country. It has become very important to understand your suggestions and ideas because there is a new generation that thinks in a new way. I am sure that all the government departments will benefit from the ideas that have emerged from the seven-day brainstorming and will try to implement in government policies and see how it impacts the life of society. I thank you all for taking your valuable time out to take part in this event because you belong to the world of ideas and sharing those ideas with everybody is very important.

I wish you all the very best. There is already the atmosphere of the holy festival of Makar Sankranti. But do take care of yourself from Corona.

Thanks a lot.