Gujarat to get cooperation from China in setting up a national-level skill development institute and development of the GIFT City as it bagged one of the MoUs signed on the second day of the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Anandiben Patel to China. Total 24 MoUs worth $10 billion were signed between India and China in Beijing on Friday.
Under the MoU signed between the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship of India and the Ministry of Human Resource and Social Security of People’s Republic of China, an action plan on cooperation in setting up of Mahatma Gandhi National Institution for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship will be done.
The new institute will come up either in Ahmedabad or Gandhinagar. “It is will be one of its kind in India. The idea is to promote skill development and entrepreneurship for creation of more jobs in coming days,” said Vijay Rupani, Labour and Employment Minister, Gujarat. The MoU has been signed at the time when skill development has been given special thrust by the one-year-old Narendra Modi government to promote its ‘Make in India’ project.
Besides this, Gujarat International Finance Tec-City in Gandhinagar has been identified, along with Shenzhen in China as pilot smart cities to initiate cooperation in the development of smart cities. The Gujarat government has planned 100 high-rise towers in GIFT City to attract major finance institutions from world over to set up an office here. It was conceptualised, and the first tower was inaugurated by, Narendra Modi when he was Gujarat Chief Minister.
According to an official release issued by the Gujarat Information Department, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Chief Minister Anandiben Patel and Ahmedabad Mayor Meenaxiben Patel were present when the agreements was being signed in Beijing. In September last year, three agreements were signed between Gujarat and China which included establishment of twinning relationship between Guangdong province & Gujarat state, a sister-city relationship between Guangzhou city & Ahmedabad city and setting up of Chinese Industrial Park in Gujarat.