New Delhi: In Japan on a two-day tour, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged entrepreneurs to engage more with India even as he assured of a more conducive environment as well as ease of doing business. Addressing a business symposium on “Make in India, Digital Partnership and India-Japan Partnership in Africa,” PM Modi said, “Some years ago, I spoke about making a mini-Japan in India. It’s a matter of great happiness for me that today that  you are working in an even larger number in India.”

The PM couldn’t stress enough how ease of doing business was a priority for him and how this Government was geared towards improving the country’s World Bank ranking. “When I took over the responsibility of the Government in 2014, India was at 140th position in the ‘ease of doing business’ ranking of the World Bank. Now, India has reached the 100th position and we are working towards a better ranking,” he said.

Earlier, PM Modi interacted with top business leaders from India and Japan at the Business Leaders Forum. He said the inputs offered at the Forum will propel India to achieve global benchmarking and urged Japanese businessmen to engage more with India.

He had also met Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and held a productive, focused discussion on bilateral, regional and global issues. PM Modi had arrived in Japan on Saturday to attend the 13th India-Japan annual two-day summit which will seek to review the progress in ties and deepen strategic dimension of the bilateral relationship.

On Saturday, PM Modi also met Secretary General Toshihiro Nikai of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and the Minister of Economy Trade and Industry (METI) Hiroshige Seko.