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April 22, 2017

A High-level delegation from Chelyabinsk region, Russian Federation, led by the Hon'ble Governor, meets the Hon'ble Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh

A High-level delegation from Chelyabinsk region, Russian Federation, led by the Hon'ble Governor, meets the Hon'ble Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh

The second day of the two-day visit of the High-level delegation led by H. E. Boris Dubrovsky, Governor of Chelyabinsk Region accompanied by H. E. Alexey Kozlov, Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunications and H.E. Ruslan Gattarov, Deputy Governor of the Chelyavinsk Region began with a meeting with Shri Nara Chandrababu Naidu, the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh in Vijayawada.

In their meeting with the Hon’ble Chief Minister, the delegation discussed business opportunities and made proposals for investment in various sectors including agriculture, information technology, education and manufacturing of transport equipment. The Hon’ble Chief Minister enquired about the economic and political background of the Chelyabinsk region and stated that the expertise of the Chelyabinsk Region in agriculture sector could be adopted in Andhra Pradesh to enhance crops production in the state. And suggested Chelyabinsk region can import paddy, mango, spices and other products from Andhra Pradesh. Further, the Hon’ble Chief Minister proposed a student exchange programme between the agricultural universities in the two regions to promote knowledge sharing between the students and researchers.

Information Technology was identified as another sector of collaboration in which both regions could share their technology and expertise to enhance the existing technology.

To take the discussed agenda between the two regions forward, including the proposals to collaborate in the field of metallurgy, transport equipment manufacturing, nuclear energy and smart technologies, it was proposed that be created a joint working group with members of the two regions.

After the meeting between the High-level delegation led by the Hon’ble Governor of Chelyabinsk Region and the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, a conference was organized by Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board on newer investment opportunities and areas of collaboration in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Authorities from the Andhra Pradesh-Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA), including the Hon'ble Commissioner and Director of CRDA, officials from the Department of Information Technology, Electronics and Communications and representatives of Sri City participated in the discussions.

A presentation was made by an official from CRDA on the the opportunities for investment in the capital region in the state. The presentation highlighted the efforts being made by the Government of Andhra Pradesh to develop Amaravati, the greenfield capital city into a global smart city. Further a proposal was made to adopt technology and expertise from the Chelyabinsk region for the development of the new capital city. Following this, the presentation made by the representatives of Sri City provided information on the conducive ecosystem that the Integrated Business City provides to potential investors. The members of the High level delegation were informed about the attractive fiscal and non-fiscal incentives that provided to investors in Sri City, including a single window clearance system, multi-modal connectivity, tax incentives and access to logistic hubs.

After fruitful discussions with the officials from the Department of Information Technology, Electronics and Communications from the state of Andhra Pradesh, the Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunications of the Chelyabinsk region stated that efforts will be made by their Ministry to replicate the e-Governance systems that are being implemented in the state of Andhra Pradesh, including the e-Pragati and CORE Dashboard initiatives, in the Chelyabinsk region to enhance the efficiency and transparency of their Government.

The deliberations ended on a positive note with H. E. Boris Dubrovsky, Governor of Chelyabinsk Region, inviting the representatives of the state of Andhra Pradesh to the Chelyabinsk region in the Russian Federation in an endeavour to further the relationships between the two regions.

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