Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday thanked Japan’s Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide for the nation’s assistance in the course of the ongoing second wave of Covid-19 in India.
“The two leaders mentioned the Covid-19 scenario within the respective nations and exchanged views on varied regional and international challenges posed by the pandemic,” mentioned a PMO assertion.
“They highlighted the significance of shut India-Japan co-operation to beat these challenges, resembling by working collectively to create resilient, diversified and reliable provide chains, making certain dependable provide of crucial supplies and applied sciences, and growing new partnerships in manufacturing and ability growth,” it added.
Modi thanked Suga for offering assistance to India for combating the pandemic, the assertion mentioned. In January, Japan agreed to supply a mortgage of fifty billion Yen (₹3,468 crore) to assist India alleviate the socio-economic affect of the pandemic. This is along with the monetary assistance disbursed to India by Japan-backed Asian Development Bank to take care of Covid-19.
The two leaders additionally emphasised the necessity for early operationalisation of the Specified Skilled Workers (SSW) settlement with the intention to synergise their strengths and obtain mutually useful outcomes, the assertion mentioned. In January, beneath its SSW programme, Japan had additionally signed a pact with India to advertise the motion of expert staff from India to Japan.