New Delhi, Oct 24: In a significant boost to job opportunities in Uttar Pradesh, over two dozen US companies on Monday evinced keen interest to invest in the state.
A delegation of executives from top US firms met Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath and key state officials in Lucknow and sought government facilitation to explore partnership opportunities.
The delegation, which met under the umbrella of US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF), asked the state government to appoint a key official to look over this process.
“In this endeavour, the UP government should appoint a dedicated empowered senior official, to facilitate and fast-track US investments into the state,” Nivedita Mehra, managing director, India, USISPF, said in a statement.
Then a 50-member delegation, representing 26 major US firms, had a detailed interaction with state cabinet minister Siddharth Nath Singh here to explore investment opportunities in UP.
Welcoming the delegation, Singh said, "We will give you red carpet welcome in the true spirit of 'Atithi Devo Bhava' (guest is God)".
"I welcome delegates to fulfil our 'Sankalp Patra' by creating employment through your investment in UP," he said, referring to BJP's pre-poll document in which the party had pledged to create massive job opportunities for youth.
Seeking to showcase the state as an attractive destination for investment, Singh said, "Yogi Adityanath government's narrative is different from the previous governments. We will give you a red carpet welcome in the true spirit of Atithi Devo Bhava".
Singh said, "We will work hard to ensure that those (sitting) in this room don't go to other states to invest, but invest in UP. This will happen by providing a better Eco System".
With the tagline "US in UP" on the lines of 'Vibrant Gujarat', the state government invited US firms to invest in the state.
The delegation, headed by Boeing, visited the state under the aegis of US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF), which is committed to create the most powerful strategic partnership between the US and India and promote bilateral trade.
The USISPF said in a statement, "Our mission reaches far beyond this. It is about business and government coming together in new ways to create meaningful opportunities that have the power to change the lives of citizens".
It said that investment incentives offered by the state under the new chief minister "translates into a business- friendly climate for industry".
Singh told PTI that taking a cue from 'Vibrant Gujarat', the idea of 'US in UP' has been mooted to display the state's investment avenues in chemicals, petrochemicals, cement, gems, pharmaceuticals, textiles and engineering sectors.
He said a small delegation had visited this state two months back and realising the "tremendous investment potential" in the state, a bigger delegation was here today.
Singh said the foundation for the high-profile tour was laid when Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the United States in June and invited CEOs of top US companies to invest in India, saying GST was a game changer that made the country a business-friendly destination.
Officials from the US Embassy and US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) are also a part of the delegation, which included representatives from Facebook, Adobe, Coca Cola, Mastercard, Mosanto, Uber, Honeywell, P&G, Oracle and GE Health, besides Pratt & Whitney, Merck, Medtronic, Azure Power and Cargill.
Uttar Pradesh has recently come up with an Industrial Investment & Employment Promotion Policy to create a framework to stabilise and make existing industries more competitive and to attract and realise new international and national investments in the industrial sector. News24Bureau with Agencies