Trivandrum: In a major boost to the ‘Emerging Kerala’ Global Connect campaign, slated to be held in Kochi during September, Britain showed keen interest in some big ticket projects in the IT, healthcare, infrastructure and education sectors of the State, and promised to share the project profiles with major companies in the UK.
Mike Nithavrianakis, the British Deputy High Commissioner in Chennai, held a string of high-level meetings with Chief Minister Shri Oommen Chandy and his senior officials here to discuss investment opportunities Kerala has planned in the core sectors to accelerate its economic growth. The Kerala team apprised Mike of a number of major upcoming projects, including NIMZ (National Investment Manufacturing Zone), development of minor ports, excellence in higher education, LNG-based power plants and development of inland waterways.
V Somasundaran IAS, Additional Chief Secretary (Industries) said, “The British official expressed keen interest in the projects and also promised to share these project profiles with top companies in the UK. Plans are also on the anvil to bring in someone from the ministerial level from the UK for the event.”
Alkesh Sharma IAS, Secretary, Industries (I&P) & MD, KSIDC said, “The UK team was very impressed with the positive response and appreciated the interaction with the Chief Minister and his team. In particular, they noted the highly skilled workforce and the quality of life in Kerala”.
The British team held separate meetings with K Jayakumar IAS, Chief Secretary; Rajeev Sadanandan IAS, Principal Secretary, Health and T K Manoj Kumar IAS, Principal Secretary, Tourism.
Parleys were also held with the CEO, Vizhinjam International Seaport; the MD, Kochi Metro Rail; and the Director, Asian School of Business. The team also visited Technopark, Trivandrum and Technocity, Pallipuram to get first-hand knowledge of the activities and business opportunities there.
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