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India offers red carpet, not red tape: Modi to investors

Hardselling India as a manufacturing destination, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday invited Japanese investments, saying the era of ‘red tape’ has been replaced by ‘red carpet’ with ease of doing business and liberalisation.

Addressing Japanese investors at a business symposium organised by Nikkei and Jetro, Japan’s trade promotion body, he talked about his vision of ‘Make in India’ and cited the decisions of his 100-day old government to create ease for doing business.

‘No other country offers such an opportunity’ as India, given the fact that it has democracy, demography and demand, Modi said on the fourth-day of his trip, a day after he addressed investors and businessmen on Monday at another event.

The Prime Minister asked business leaders to ‘try their luck’ by investing in India, contending that they could do ‘miracles’ in terms of profits through low-cost manufacturing.

‘What do manufacturers want? They look for low-cost manufacturing. They don’t want high-cost manufacturing, cheap labour, skilled manpower, ease of business and liberalised environment. Then it becomes economically viable in India.Trillions and trillions of dollars need to be invested in India. The electronic market especially the mobile handset sector is a big market with a potential,’ he said, adding the government has put digital India plans for 125 crores people on a mission mode.

Arguing why India provides a big potential, he said plans for metro construction in about 50 cities and renewable energy sector offers big opportunities.

‘Bharat is ready to invite you. Make in India whatever facilities you want, they are there,’ he said wooing Japanese business leaders.

Modi particularly flagged the opportunities available in small and medium industries and in IT sector, saying India has expertise in software and Japan has expertise in hardware, which need to be inter-linked.

‘Without Japan, India is incomplete and without India, Japan is incomplete,’ the Prime Minister said while giving a call for charting new history between the two countries on the economic front.

‘I have come to assure you that there is no Red Tape but Red Carpet in India. For the ease of business, we have changed so many rules. Never has earlier any government done so much in such a short time,’ he said, while underlining the ‘speed’ at which decisions are taken by his government.

‘India is ready to welcome you for Make in India. You get ready to come to India. Whatever facilities you require, we will provide,’ he said.

‘I invite you to come for peace and progress of Asia. We need to work together. Try your luck, try your capabilities,’ he said, while noting that a market of 125 crore people was waiting.

‘You can meet the requirements not only of India but of the world by manufacturing in India,’ he said. He said his government had made policy changes to create ease for business and cited the jump in the first quarter GDP growth to 5.7 per cent which used to hover below 5 per cent in last 2-3 years. 
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