Pune: 4th October, 2018: The Indo-Japan Business Council (IJBC), is hosting KONNICHI WA PUNE - a first of its kind business festival in Pune on 17th & 18th November, 2018. The festival aims to boost investment, promote businesses and cultural exchange between India and Japan.

The festival will provide a platform to initiate person to person engagement to build new bridges as well as exchanging innovative ideas for improved business outcome between India and Japan, Asia’s two vibrant democracies.

"The Government of Japan highly appreciates the efforts being taken by IJBC and people of Pune for having long-term relationship with Japanese companies through ‘Konnichi wa Pune festival’. This year marks the initial start of it and I feel privileged to inaugurate the same. I wish that more and more Indian and Japanese companies will join, meet up in this event and be able to interact with one another and make new business relations,” opined Consul-General, Mr. Ryoji Noda, Consul-General of Japan in Mumbai.

“India and Japan share a larger story of friendly exchanges. The trade ties have been strengthening and bilateral trade between the two nations is expected to reach US$50 billion by fiscal year 2019-20. Through “KonnichiWa Pune”, we aim to provide a platform for businesses, industry leaders, academia, and community to develop new partnerships, enhance trade and advance cultural bond between the two countries,” said Mr. Shrikant Atre, President, Indo-Japan Business Council.

“Maharashtra is very important market for Japan. In the last few years, Japanese companies have made large amount of investment in Maharashtra, including Pune. We expect more companies to make further investment in this significant market” said Dr. Deepak Tilak, Vice Chancellor of Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, Pune.

“In the Japanese language education field, Pune has become a major center and has produced over 24000 bilingual Japanese experts in past 50 years. This festival is a major stepping stone not only for all students but it would be a good opportunity for the companies which are looking for skilled people,” further added Dr. Tilak.

“Nelito is excited to be exhibiting at Indo-Japanese Business Council’s Konnichiwa Pune 2018. This is a great platform for collaboration and building strong association between Indian and Japanese companies. We are happy to get associated with this event and learn more about the Japanese culture, business, trade and commerce. This gives us a chance to connect and engage with the right people from various Japanese companies to grow our collaborations,” said Mr. Punit Jain, Chief Executive Officer, Nelito Systems Ltd.

“This will be the perfect opportunity for participants to engage with key stakeholders and initiate a dialogue to extend their business in the growing market and beyond. Besides, our endeavor is also strengthen cultural ties between both the countries by planning such festival”, added Siddharth Deshmukh, Vice President, Indo-Japan Business Council.

The festival will also include wide variety of educational, cultural and culinary events such as art exhibition, live performances, literary programs, workshop, round-table talks, popular cuisine and music.

About Indo- Japan Business Council

Established in 2011, Indo- Japan Business Council (IJBC) is a not-for profit organization that promotes business and cultural exchanges between India and Japan. The organization is recognized by Japan Foundation and Consulate of Japan. For more see and

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