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Promote AP, Naidu tells diplomats

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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu called upon the Indian diplomats to facilitate inward investments into the sunrise state which has 974-km coastline, 24/7 electricity, four-lakh hectares of land bank, 20 MBPS connectivity and transparent governance for institutional and private investors.

New Delhi: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu called upon the Indian diplomats to facilitate inward investments into the sunrise state which has 974-km coastline, 24/7 electricity, four-lakh hectares of land bank, 20 MBPS connectivity and transparent governance for institutional and private investors.

Naidu reminded them to move from political diplomacy to economic diplomacy which is the core of diplomacy in the 21st century. He extended invitation to the diplomats and also to collaborate with his government as he plans to visit the US, Australia, Brazil, China, Middle East and others in the coming months.

The Chief Minister was the guest at the 5-day 6th annual meet of Indian diplomats taking place in the national capital which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday. During his address to the 160 Heads of Indian Missions who are spread across the world, he said, “You can facilitate transfer of technology, knowledge, best practices, skills, capital to India from across the globe.”

AP Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu addressing India's 6th Heads of Mission Conference at Jawaharlal Nehru Bhavan in New Delhi on Tuesday

He told the gathering that there is 22.1 million Indian Diaspora who should be connected to the Indian markets, and he also reminded their remittances to India to the tune of US$70 billion in the last four years. His power-point presentation to the diplomats, “Diplomacy for Development: New Vision, New Vigour,” ranged for more than half hour.

During this, he acknowledged former Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao’s economic reforms kick-started in 1991 as progressive but termed the termed the tenure of Dr Manmohan Singh as a decade of lost opportunities but stressed that now it is the dawn of a new era which the diplomats should capitalize in the interest of the country.

He divulged the vision he has for Andhra Pradesh: to make Andhra Pradesh among the top 3 states by 2022, and the best state on happiness index by 2029. He emphasized the business friendly atmosphere of his government, and transparency in dealing with investors.

Naidu was received by Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, and also interacted with Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh and other diplomats from the world at the Jawahar Bhavan hosted by Ministry of External Affairs. Modi government is keen to engage the states with the outside world in order to attract Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) into the states and promote competition among them. Gujarat is the favourite destination for FDI in the country. Naidu arrived in the capital today and returned back.

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