Global players promise their presence in Amaravati

  • CM confers with honchos of industry, invites them to AP

Dara Gopi

Amaravati: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu spent a busy day on Wednesday at Davos, holding consultations on the possibilities of investments in Andhra Pradesh. He also gave presentations on the ease of doing business in the State and presented the features of the new capital, Amaravati.  

Meeting with SUEZ Environment: He began the day by holding a meeting with Marie-Ange Debon, CEO of SUEZ Environment. Water management and waste management were the focus sectors of this meeting. Suez Environment S.A. is a French-based utility company which operates largely in the water treatment and waste management sectors and has a presence in India already.

The Chief Minister said his government is keen to explore possibilities of collaboration and use expertise of Suez Environment in pollution control in industrial areas, water treatment, and waste to energy projects. He invited Marie-Ange Debon to Andhra Pradesh and hoped her team will soon visit the State. “Both our teams can sit down and study the possible areas of collaborations,” said the Chief Minister. It may be noted that in Jordan 10 per cent of water used for irrigation is from the treatment plants run by this company.

Talks with Bruno Sauter: Chandrababu Naidu conferred with Bruno Sauter, General Manager of the Office for Economy and Labour, Zurich State Government. Bruno Sauter appreciated the presence of Andhra Pradesh in Davos and offered to establish a sister-State relation between Andhra Pradesh and Zurich State. “Zurich is very advanced in technological initiatives. Both our States can collaborate,” said Bruno Sauter. The Chief Minister explained to him the technological initiatives taken by Andhra Pradesh and enquired from Bruno about the digital initiatives in banking and cyber security in Switzerland. Bruno assured that a delegation will soon visit Andhra Pradesh. 

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies: The Chief Minister also met Bibop G. Gresta, the Chairman and Co-Founder of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies. Bibop has claimed that their technology is a good alternative to high speed rail and is superior to bullet train or speed rail, in terms of energy consumption and costs. Hyperloop is now looking for collaborations all over the world.

JETRO invitation: The Chief Minister met Hiroyuki Ishige, Chairman, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), who apprised the CM of the progress of JETRO activities in Andhra Pradesh. Later on, the Chief Minister explained how Andhra Pradesh is progressing by making use of technology for poverty alleviation. JETRO chairman mentioned that there is an increase in the number of Japanese companies in Andhra Pradesh to which the Chief Minister said, that it further needs to be increased. The JETRO chief invited Chandrababu to the investors’ seminar which he is organizing in Japan shortly.

Meeting with Shire International: At a meeting with Kim Stratton, Head International Commercial, Shire International, Kim told the Chief Minister that they are specialists in hemophilia treatment research in which India is lacking. Kim said that they are interested in looking at public-private partnership in this area for research, development, treatment and capacity building. She added that at present they have a very small presence in India and that it’s just the beginning of their journey. The Chief Minister asked Kim to make Amaravati the headquarters of Shire for its Indian operations.

University of California invited: The Chief Minister, at a meeting with  Nicholas Dirks, Chancellor, University of California, Berkeley, stressed that the University of California and Andhra Pradesh should collaborate and explore the possibilities of creating a knowledge society. University of Berkeley has an alliance with Cambridge and also with the National University of Singapore. Chandrababu opined that they also should collaborate with one of the universities in Andhra Pradesh. He also invited Dirks to visit Andhra Pradesh. Nicholoas Dirks is chairman of the WEF Global Universities Leadership Forum. He assured that he would speak to some of the universities to associate with Andhra Pradesh.

CM confers with Satya Nadella: The Chief Minister held a meeting with Satya Nadella, Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft. During the meeting, the Chief Minister explained the various technological initiatives that are being implemented in Andhra Pradesh. He also spoke at length on the technology that AP is using for real time governance. The CM said that he is keen on increasing the digital transactions which is at 30 per cent now to 70 per cent by March this year. Satya Nadella offered to collaborate with the State in the areas of e- governance and cyber security.

Nadella suggested that Andhra Pradesh should nurture hybrid cloud technology which will be a great leap in technology for India in general and Andhra Pradesh in particular. Microsoft has recently acquired LinkedIn and it is working closely with the Singapore Government. Satya Nadella and the Chief Minister agreed to make significant progress in hybrid cloud technology by next meeting at Davos within a year. Later, the Chief Minister held a one to one meeting with Satya Nadella.

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