UP not to be ignored or sideline in the eyes of United States
State government claimed to have made it clear to the United States that if they wanted to improve its ties and see the country rising, then they can no longer ignore or sideline Uttar Pradesh.
"We tried to convince them that if US wanted Indo-US strategic partnership forum for improving relation and business in India than they could no more ignore Uttar Pradesh”, asserted State government spokesman Siddharth Nath Singh, who led the delegation to US to attract investment in the State. ``It is obvious that other states are important, but Uttar Pradesh remains the most important”, we explained to US during their 7-days long tour. "Even if you want to improve the health index of India, for example if India can come up only if UP scores well in this area," Singh added.
Singh recently concluded trip to the Silicon Valley in California, the Washington DC, and US’s business capital New York, holding meetings with US Government officials and leading companies. He said that they will also visit European Countries to attract leading companies from there before organising Global Business Summit here in UP next year. Giving details of his visit to US, Singh said that they met with officials from the State Department, the Department of Commerce and USAID and had round tables with the industry representatives, sending them the common message that they can "no longer" afford to ignore or skip Uttar Pradesh if they want to invest in or improve ties with India. He claimed that they informed that the state government had initiated a series of administrative reforms in sectors like health, agriculture, industry and education so as to make Uttar Pradesh a business-friendly destination and a huge upcoming market for leading companies.
Claiming that the tour was a grand success, Singh said the American corporate sector had shown interest to invest in defense manufacturing, IT and health sectors in Uttar Pradesh, while some of the top educational institutions like Stamford University in Silicon Valley, wanted collaborative research and problem-solving projects to overcome problems of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) and Japanese Encephalitis (JE) as well as to prepare a project for combating traffic congestion in the State. He said that they wanted IIT at Kanpur and Varanasi to be made UP Brand Ambassador for Start-Up project.
Singh further said that after recent announcement of defense corridor, a number of US defense companies have shown serious interest in investing in this sector in the state. He said that Lockheed Martin, Boeing etc are planning to invest in UP. He said that finding aviation sector rapid growth, the US companies would also set Maintenance and Repair Operation (MRO) Centre, for repair of aircrafts. He said that presently the country depend of MRO Centre in Sri Lanka for the purpose. He said that Amazon, which already tied up for sale of `Khadi’ product on-line was looking forward to push the One District One Project of State government. Companies like Pepsico and Cargill have shown interest in investing in the state's agriculture sector. Both the companies have signed memorandums of understanding with UP. He said that similarly Noida will soon turned out to new IT hub after Bangalore. He also said to have met Indian Ambassador in US and planned how to promote `Kumbh Mela’ to boost tourism in the State. He also suggested that the state could collaborate with some American universities for fellowship programmes, exchange programmes or research programmes. Besides Singh, Anoop Chandra Pandey, industrial and Infrastructure development commissioner and Avanish Awasthi, principal secretary (Information)were also present during the press conference.
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