Andhra Pradesh IT Minister Lokesh Nara led a high-level delegation to a roundtable event in Seattle, Wash., to pitch investors about the quality of the state in India.
Nara, at the event put together by the Washington State India Trade Relations Action Committee, focused his discussion on the IT, infrastructure development, renewable resources, ports and manufacturing sectors.
“Our state is naturally endowed with a coastline of 974 km, the second longest in the country, and strategically located with six major ports to enable it to become a natural gateway to the Eastern hemisphere with respect to the trade with East, South East Asia and even to the United States through the Pacific,” Nara said at the roundtable.
The roundtable included roughly 20 business leaders as well as Washington Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib, Pierce County councilmember Pam Roach and Port of Seattle commissioner Fred Felleman, among others.
“A direct sea-trade route would spur the much-desired economic growth between our states. It would also support our agricultural producers and enhance the quality of life for common people on both sides,” Habib said. “Partnerships and collaborations in infrastructure development, life sciences and technology will create win-win situations for all.”
WASITRAC Indian American co-chair Debadutta Dash said the roundtable came at an opportune time with the state planning to take a trade mission to Andhra Pradesh to establish ties.
Washington and Andhra Pradesh have a friendship agreement for trade, signing the pact in 2012 when then-Gov. Christine Gregoire visited the Indian state.