The Indo-Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IJCCI) is organising a two-day conference on SME (small and medium enterprise) here.

The conference will begin on February 18.

The two-day meet is being organised with the support of Indian Embassy in Tokyo, and Consulate-General in Osaka.

The conference will be followed by a Golf tournament on February 20.

The objective of the conference is to bring together the SMEs of Japan and India under a common platform, and facilitate co-operation between businessmen of the two countries.

The conference will focus on the commonalities between the economies of the two nations, and work to beef up co-operation in areas that could further cement the ties between the two countries.

The conference is being held at a time when the SMEs in both the countries are going through a tough phase. According to a rough estimate, India has around 50 million SMEs. Japan, however, reportedly has twice that number. “If SMEs in Japan are forced to hollow out to third countries, the Indian SMEs are on the verge of destitution and extinction,” points out a release. “The forthcoming conference tries to build a bridge between the two communities in distress in both the countries for a better tomorrow,” the release adds.

The chamber is expecting over 200 delegates from India and Japan to participate in the upcoming conference. Five Southern States and Gujarat have been invited “to partner in the conference”.

The first-day of the conference will see five States of India and four prefectures in Japan showcasing their potential. The second-day will witness sectoral interactions in concurrent sessions to exchange ideas on potentials and opportunities in select sectors.

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