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India, Japan commit to resist protectionism

For rule based multilateral trading system for sustainable growth

Press Trust of India  |  Gandhinagar 

India-Japan Annual Summit, Narendra Modi, Shinzo Abe
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe exchange agreement documents during the India-Japan Annual Summit in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.

and today committed to resist while making a strong case for rule based multilateral trading system for sustainable growth.

Prime Minister and his Japanese counterpart held strategic discussions on a wide range of issues under the Special Strategic and Global Partnership between the two countries.

"The two Prime Ministers underlined the crucial role of the rules-based multilateral trading system, and enhancing free, fair, and open trade, for achieving sustainable growth and development.

"They committed to resist including unfair trade practices and underlined the need to remove trade-distorting measures," said a joint statement issued after the meeting.

Modi and Abe reaffirmed their commitment to work together to implement the Bali and Nairobi Ministerial decisions and make the 11th Ministerial Conference a success.

They also decided to steadily implement WTO's Trade Facilitation Agreement.

reaffirmed its support to India's membership in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), a forum for 21 member economies.

The two leaders decided to work towards liberalisation and facilitation of trade and investment in the Asia-Pacific region.

"They reaffirmed to cooperate towards the conclusion of a modern, comprehensive, high quality and mutually beneficial Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Agreement, in order to achieve a balanced outcome," the statement said.

Modi and Abey also reaffirmed their commitment to further strengthening cooperation and to working with partners to tackle excess capacity in steel.

In this regard, they called for the removal of market-distorting subsidies and other types of support by governments and related entities.

"They also reaffirmed their commitment to developing concrete policy solutions at the Global Forum on Steel Excess Capacity by November 2017," the statement said.

They welcomed the progress made in the bilateral IT and cooperation through the bilateral Joint Working Group on IT and Electronics, in particular by the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the and Acceleration Consortium (ITAC) of

The two leaders also welcomed the opening of the first lithium-ion battery factory in by a joint venture of three Japanese companies — Suzuki, Toshiba and Denso as well as a new automotive factory this year.

It was also decided to further promote public and private sector collaboration to make environmentally friendly and energy efficient technologies accessible and affordable to the general public.

They underlined the importance of support measures to promote eco-friendly vehicles including in terms of 'Make in India' and transfer of technology.

Modi updated Abe about his government's efforts for the country's economic and social development.

Prime Minister Abe reiterated Japan's strong support for the initiatives such as 'Make in India', 'Digital India', and 'Skill India'.

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First Published: Thu, September 14 2017. 17:27 IST