New York: Coinciding with the second India-US Strategic and Commercial Dialogue (S&CD) in New Delhi which was joined by India’s Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj, Minister for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Stharaman, US Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker, Cyrus Mistry of the Tata Group and David Cote of Honeywell, the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chouhan began the third day of his US visit on Tuesday by reaching out to the captains of industry and inviting them to become partners in the industrial development of Madhya Pradesh.
Interacting with investors and CEOs of US companies in New York on Tuesday, Chouhan said that Madhya Pradesh has become a fast track State when it comes to industrial development and all necessary infrastructure is being developed to accelerate industrial growth and promote new industries in 20 new industrial areas in the State.
Speaking of visible change in the overall scenario over the last one decade, the Chief Minister said that Madhya Pradesh has become the first choice of investors. He said that the State Government treats investors as partners in the process of development. Minister for Industries Rajendra Shukla and senior officials were present.
Welcoming investors to Madhya Pradesh, Chouhan assured them that there would be no hurdles in their way. The State Government intends to give the young manpower opportunities of growth through industrial development. For achieving this goal, they are being equipped with skills and are also being oriented for entrepreneurship.
Chouhan invited the prospective investors to the Global Investors’ Summit to be held at Indore later in October this year.
The Chief Minister held discussions about investment in the state in sectors like education, Information Technology, Public Service, construction engineering, biotechnology.
Arceus Infotech Private Limited has shown interest in setting up a development center in Bhopal. The US Technology International Private Limited also expressed willingness to invest Rs. 400 crore for setting up IT Campus at Bhopal. The US major in IT and food sector – LT Foods and its vendors are also willing to invest.
International Research Laboratories Pvt. Ltd. is willing to expand its operation in the State to address cataract blindness as a key player in the global blindness eradication campaign ‘Help Me See’.
RMC, USA, which deals in building materials for the construction of residential and commercial supplies also showed interest.
American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin – held discussion on widening its network in Madhya Pradesh.
US-India Business Council
The Chairman of US India Business Council Mukesh Aghi met the Chief Minister and discussed the future strategies to enhance bilateral trade between US and India.
The Council was formed for trade collaboration between The Governments of the US and India. The India-US business ties is a leading business consulting organization. The USIBC is the largest bilateral trade organization, which includes representatives of the American and Indian companies.
‘Friends of MP’ Forum
Addressing the ‘Friends of MP’ Forum, Chouhan said that Madhya Pradesh Government is seeking value-based citizen participation. This initiative, he said intends to bring at one place knowledge, expertise and people. It helps NRIs to stay connected to their homeland. Also, it serves as a useful platform where friends of Madhya Pradesh and policymakers can join hands.