MUMBAI, INDIA - World Trade Centre Mumbai had the privilege to host H. E. Mrs. Nikki Haley, Honorable Governor of South Carolina on her India tour along with the high level and official delegation to promote business between South Carolina and India. While addressing the business meeting on ‘Enhancing Trade and Investment Cooperation between South Carolina and Maharashtra’ on 19th November 2014 at WTC Mumbai, she emphasized India being a strategic partner to South Carolina not only from an investment point of view but also to promote the State of South Carolina as a tourist paradise. The Governor stressed the importance of investment, which would in turn give way for more businesses and job creation. Highlighting the strengths of South Carolina, she said that the State is the largest manufacturer of airplanes and has investors from automobile, tires, pharmaceuticals and high-tech industries. Her priority has been trade and investment promotion for job creation. She assured the business community present during the meeting her whole-hearted support along with her team.
Addressing this occasion, Mr. Prakash Mehta, Honorable Minister for Industries and Mining, Parliamentary Affairs, Government of Maharashtra said that the state of Maharashtra offers investor friendly industrial and investment policies and is open to foreign investments from overseas destinations. The state welcomes industrial collaborations from South Carolina particularly in the small and medium sectors. Both regions could successfully collaborate in the sectors of automobiles, textiles, dyes and pharmaceuticals processed foods and fisheries besides a host of other sectors. Tourism also appears to be a promising sector and can be tapped with mutual advantage.
Mr. Vijay Kalantri, Vice Chairman, World Trade Center Mumbai, Director, WTCA Board New York and President, All India Association of Industries in his address said that to ensure the success of “Make in India” program, India needs to concentrate on skill development, building good infrastructure and creating a stable policy framework.
Mr. Kalantri lauded Governor Haley’s initiatives to reconstruct South Carolina with good policy measures whereby unemployment was brought down from 10.6% to 5.5% generating growth, business and employment.
Further, Mr. Kalantri sought the cooperation of Governor Haley in developing good townships and smart cities as well as strengthening the infrastructure sector in India. Mr. Kalantri looked forward to greater investment flows between Maharashtra and South Carolina. Both regions need to work together to achieve our common goals, Mr. Kalantri said.
PHOTO (L to R ): Mr. Thomas Vajda, Consul General, USA in Mumbai, Mr. Prakash Mehta, Hon. Minister for Industries, Mining and Parliamentary affairs, Govt. of Maharashtra, Ms. Nikki Haley, Hon’ble Governor of South Carolina) Mr. Vijay Kalantri, Vice Chairman-WTC Mumbai & President – AIAI.