High Speed Rail Seminar in India
Hosted by Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), Japan
Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Japan
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan
Institute for Transport Policy Studies (ITPS), Japan
Japan International Transport Institute (JITI)
Council for Global Promotion of Railway, Japan
Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
(Supported by The Nippon Foundation)
In association with Ministry of Railways, Government of Gujarat
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)
Date 11th February 2013, 10:00`14:00
Location Courtyard Ahmedabad (Ahmedabad ,Gujarat, India)
Numbers of attendees Approx. 250

A railway, especially the High Speed Rail (HSR), has attracted worldwide attention as an environmentally friendly mass transportation system. HSR projects have been planned or carried out in many countries including India. The purpose of this seminar is to demonstrate how Japan’s 48 years of experiences in the HSR operation can contribute to the development of the HSR network projects in India and to enhance partnership in railway fields between India and Japan. The seminar was held in Ahmedabad, Gujarat where the first high speed railway route is proposed.

Gujarat chief minister, Narendra Modi and Past Chairman of CII Railway Equipment Division, Rajeev Jyoti noted that the development of a HSR network is necessary for the growth of India’s economy and to reduce the environmental load, such as greenhouse gas. They also expressed admiration for the merits of the Japanese HSR ‘Shinkansen’ system and expressed hope for deepening the partnership between India and Japan through HSR.

MLIT and six Japanese private enterprises presented the technology, safety, and operational experience of the Japanese HSR ‘Shinkansen’ system, They also explained the economic benefits of HSR. ITPS and an Indian research institute made presentations showing the necessity of introducing HSR in India while also constructing HSR network in India. The seminar explored the future vision for an Indian HSR project through these presentations and discussions.

Opening Remarks Hiroshi Kajiyama, Senior Vice-Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism
Tadaharu Ohashi, Vice Chairman, Council for Global Promotion of Railway / Chairman of the Board, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. Bio
Makoto Washizu, Vice-Chairman, ITPS / President, JITI Bio
Keynote Remarks Rajeev Jyoti,Past Chairman, CII Railway Equipment Division / Chief Executive, Railway Business, Larsen & Toubro Ltd.
M.S.Mathur, Executive Director PPP (Traffic), Ministry of Railways
Narendra Modi,
Chief Minister, Government of Gujarat
Presentations Naoki Fujii, Deputy Director-General, Railway Bureau, MLIT Bio Presentation
Tsugio Sekiji, Representative Director, Executive Vice President, East Japan Railway Company (JR East) Bio Presentation
Dr.Toshiji Takatsu, Executive Vice President, Japan International Consultants for Transportation Co., Ltd.(JIC) Bio Presentation
Koyo Kondo, Associate Officer, General Manager, Marketing and Sales Division, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. Bio Presentation
Shinya Mitsudomi, Chief Strategy Officer, Rail Systems Company, Hitachi, Ltd. Bio Presentation
Shinichiro Ogawa, General Manager, Railway Business Unit, Railway Systems Division, Toshiba Corporation Bio Presentation
Shinya Mitsudomi, Chief Strategy Officer, Rail Systems Company, Hitachi, Ltd. Bio Presentation
Shinji Yamabe, Managing Director, Mitsubishi Electric India Private Ltd. Bio Presentation
Yosuke Takada, Director, International Affairs Office, JITI Bio Presentation
Sarbojit Pal,
Associate Fellow, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) Bio Presentation
Closing
Remarks
Piyush Shah, Chairman, CII Gujarat State Council / Managing Director, Hitachi Hi-Rel Power  Electronics Pvt. Ltd.

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