The US government is keen on setting up American Hub in the post city of Visakhapatnam, first in South India and the second in the country. This was conveyed to Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy by a delegation led by US Consul-General Joel Reifman on Tuesday.
An American delegation led by Consul General Joel Reifman called on chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy at his Tadepalli camp office on Tuesday and informed him about this. During the interaction, Reifman said they had visited Visakhapatnam and were very satisfied with the facilities there. He said Ahmedabad is so far the only other city in the country to have an American hub. Since the distance is so far away, a second hub Visakhapatnam, and the first in South India, would be advisable.
Welcoming the proposal, the Chief Minister requested the Consul General to set up an incubation centre in Visakhapatnam, similar to the one in Delhi. The latter responded positively to the suggestion. The Chief Minister assured all facilities required to set up the incubation centre in Visakhapatnam would be provided. The Chief Minister said that the Consul General should take the initiative to further enhance mutual cooperation between the US and Andhra Pradesh and they would also work together in that direction.
Recognising the importance of the English language, it was decided to implement English as a medium of instruction in all government schools, he said.
The Chief Minister affirmed that Andhra Pradesh was the most favourable state for investment as it has a vast coastal area. He also said that there will be great economic development with the construction of ports and the government is laying special attention on manufacturing electronic goods. Reifman should take the initiative to invest in the state and the government will provide full assistance, Jagan said. He explained that there are good opportunities for investment in the field of infrastructure and electronic products.
Earlier, the Consul General appreciated the various programmes and welfare schemes being implemented by the State Government and described them as ‘revolutionary‘. He particularly lauded the village and ward secretariat system, taking governance to the village level and door delivery of government schemes through volunteers.
He appreciated the fact that the benefits of all schemes were credited to the beneficiaries’ accounts through direct benefit transfer (DBT) without any scope for corruption which reflects the integrity of the government, by taking up social audit. He praised the state government’s performance during the Covid pandemic and in controlling the virus spread. The delegation which met the Chief Minister comprised Consulate officials, David Moyer and Sean Ruthe.
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