LOOKING TO attract foreign investment in West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will go on a four-day visit to Italy and Germany in September. Two leading industry bodies from Germany —- the BVMW and the IHK – have invited Mamata along with a business delegation from the state while the Mayor of Rome has asked her to attend a special reception, state Finance Minister Amit Mitra said Friday.
Mamata is already scheduled to attend the canonisation ceremony of Mother Teresa in Vatican City where the late Nobel laureate will be declared a saint on September 4.
As per Mitra, Rome’s first woman Mayor, Virginia Raggi, has invited Mamata for a special reception where many top businessmen will be present. “It is a matter of pride for us,” Mitra said.
The BVMW or the German association for small and medium sized businesses, recently wrote to Mamata praising her government, Mitra said, adding another organisation, the IHK or the association of German chambers of commerce and industry, has also invited the CM to visit them.
“The two industry bodies are excited about the developmental activities in West Bengal under the CM’s leadership in the last five years. Thus they are keen on having her at Munich, which is the hub of ancillary units of almost all leading automobile manufacturing companies of the world,” Mitra said.
“Both of them have expressed interest and asked us to come with a delegation. We will go with a business and official delegation,” he said, added: “There are 500 companies from the state which export to Germany while there are 200 companies from Germany are present in the state”.
In September, Mamata and her delegation will spend two days in Rome and another two days in Germany.
In another development, Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) has shown interest in opening an office in Kolkata, he said. “KOTRA’s south Asia director Dong Seok Choi met WBIDC officials after which they have decided to open their first office in eastern India. This will help us bring more foreign investment in the state,” Mitra said.