Chengdu Business Delegation Meets Chandrababu

HYDERABAD: A Chengdu Business delegation, led by Fu Yonglin, Deputy Mayor of Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province in Southwest China, met Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu today.

Following Naidu’s visit to China in March this year, Chengdu business delegation met with the government officials. The Chief Minister had met with Wei Hong, governor of Sichuan.

During the interactive session between Chengdu Business delegation and businessmen from AP at a city hotel, Naidu thanked Yonglin for leading the delegation to interact with government officials and understand areas of collaboration in Andhra Pradesh.

The Chinese business delegation evinced interest in manufacturing, IT sector and agriculture. Naidu explained that there are numerous opportunities for Chinese investors in infrastructure, ports, construction, manufacturing and agro-processing in Andhra Pradesh.

“We are building a new state and a new capital. Everything that we start can be made the best practice,” he said, adding that AP’s long coastline gives the state an opportunity to boost eco-tourism and beach tourism.

Yonglin said India and China have had great trade relations. “The trade exchange between India and Chengdu in the last one year was 1 billion dollars. Between January and March 2015 alone, the trade exchange has been 200 million dollars,” he said.

“Chengdu has a powerful industrial base. We are strong in manufacturing and given our history, there is great potential for tourism,” Yonglin explained.

Given that Chengdu and Amaravathi has history of Buddhism, “we can start with tourism with a target of 50,000 tourist arrivals from both sides and gradually increase the number. This will increase a mutual understanding of our cultures,” Mr Yonglin said.

Responding to a question raised by a business delegate from Chengdu on infrastructure, Ajay Jain, secretary for Energy & Infrastructure, said AP has sector-specific policies for ports and infrastructure. “We have aerospace and defence policy, civil aviation policy, maritime policy and the infrastructure mission, being a base,” he said, adding clearances for projects will be granted within 21 days through Single-Desk System.

Principal Secretary to CM Satish Chandra, Secretary for Industries Rawat, Secretary for Finance Ramesh, Secretary (Energy & Infrastructure) Ajay Jain, Director (Industries) Karthikeya Mishra and other officials were present.

-NSS

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