Hyderabad: Mayor Banda Karthika Reddy, Deputy Mayor Jaffer Hussain, accompanied by GHMC secretary and 10 members of the FAPCCI will travel ‘economy class’ when they fly to Australia to take part in the Asia-Pacific Cities Summit to be held in Brisbane from July 6 to July 8.
The reason behind the Mayor and her fellow-travelers opting to fly economy class is said to be that the government has sanctioned a ‘paltry’ Rs 4 lakh for their trip.
While in Australia the Mayor is expected to sign a ‘sister-cities’ agreement with her Brisbane counterpart.
Ms Karthika Reddy will stay in Australia till July 11.
Besides the delegation from Hyderabad, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dixit is the only person from the country to take part in the summit.
In a letter to the media, Ms Karthika Reddy said that the Lord Mayor of Brisbane had honored her by inviting her to attend the Biennial Asia Pacific Cities Summit (APCS).
The summit will help to drive business opportunities and economic growth through international trade and investment for Brisbane; South East Queensland and the wider Asia Pacifc Region which includes India, the Mayor said.
She added that she would take the opportunity as a privilege to represent Hyderabad city in capacity of Mayor; for such a prestigious civic forum as APCS which is Asia Pacific region’s premier international businesses.
The Summit is to be hosted by world renowned speakers and case studies incorporating sustainability, connectivity and managing the cities’ repaid growth.
Ms Karthika Reddy further said that by attending the summit, her team will have the opportunity to learn about the latest trends/challenges for cities, to meet international business leaders and government decision-makers, expand international networks, increase business growth, trade and investment opportunities , forge partnership with international business and government agencies, raise the Corporation’s profile, interact with the Mayors, Deputy Mayors, Civic CEOs Councilors.
She added that more than 1000 civic delegates from 100 global cities will attend the summit.(INN)