Hyderabad: A Five-member Advance planning team from the State of Maryland of USA called on the Chief Minister Mr. N. Kiran Kumar Reddy and expressed its desire to promote trade in Hyderabad.
The delegation, led by Deputy Secretary of State for Policy and External Affairs, Maryland, Rajan Natarajan also interacted Textiles Minister P Shankar Rao.
Dr Shankar Rao later told media persons at the Secretariat that the Maryland-Andhra Pradesh business would be promoted.
As part of building the relations, Governor of Maryland Martin O Mally is scheduled to visit India in September this year leading a trade mission.
As part of his visit, the Governor would be visiting Andhra Pradesh also.
The team discussed the areas of cooperation in the sectors of investment in Trade, Education, Tourism and Bio-Technology.
It may be stated here that there are good number of people from Andhra Pradesh settled in the State of Maryland.
The Chief Minister conveyed his happiness over the proposed visit and informed them that Andhra Pradesh would be welcoming the Governor and explore the possibilities of having business tie-up between the two States.
The delegation included Assistant Secretary, Department of Business and Economic Development Bob Walkewr, Senior Vice President, Economic Development Corporation, Prince George’s Country Dr Pradeep Ganguly, Maryland Business Roundtable Executive director Elisha Pulivarti and Maximum Assisted Living president Jessae Singh.
BJP MLA G Kishen Reddy also participated in the meeting.
In another letter addressed to the Chief Minister, the Secretary of State of Maryland John Mc Donald desired to have a Sister State Partnership between Maryland and Andhra Pradesh.
For this, the Chief Minister responded positively and conveyed the State’s willingness to participate as Sister-State Partnership. (INN)