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Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy July 2 invited U.S. businesses to invest in the southern state of Karnataka. (IANS photo)

WASHINGTON — Showcasing Karnataka as a favorite investment destination in India, Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy July 2 invited U.S. businesses to invest in the southern state.

"I seek your investments in our state, which offers huge opportunities in manufacturing and services sectors for US businesses," Kumaraswamy told investors at a seminar in Maryland's Silver Spring near Washington.

Though on a week-long private visit to the U.S. since June 29, the chief minister addressed U.S. investors and NRIs at the seminar on "New business opportunities in Karnataka," organized by the U.S.-India Small and Medium Enterprise Council.

According to a copy of his speech shared with media by the Chief Minister's Office in Bangalore, Kumaraswamy invited U.S. businesses to participate in the “Global Investors' Meet” the state would host in January 2020 on opportunities, incentives and facilities it offers to potential investors.

"I seek your participation to make the Global Investors' Meet a success as it is meant to attract investments from domestic and overseas firms with global linkages for job creation," he said.

Holding his state was ready for business as never before, the chief minister said his coalition government made doing business easier and smarter by ensuring 98.6 percent compliance to the Business Reforms Action Plan norms.

"Our government is drafting a new industrial policy for 2019-24 to offer a robust ecosystem to spur economic growth, create jobs and make the state a global manufacturing and services hub," he told the gathering.

Claiming that Karnataka was ranked first in the country to attract investments and Bangalore rated as the world's most dynamic city, Kumaraswamy said the state's growth was due to its pro-active, business-friendly policies, good infrastructure, skilled manpower and ecosystem for nurturing innovation.

"Karnataka contributes 50 percent to the country's machine tool production; 39 percent to IT exports; 67 percent to making aircraft and helicopters for defense services; and 33 percent to biotech exports," he said.

The state is also at the forefront of next-gen technology such as block chain, additive manufacturing, 3D printing, robotics, nanotechnology, medical technology and genetic engineering, he said.

"We are undertaking comprehensive reforms to ensure seamless and time-bound processes for project approval, grant of statutory permissions and licenses. Our transparent policy initiatives are aimed at providing support to new industries and entrepreneurs,” he said.

"We are determined to ensure our state leads in the Fourth Industrial Revolution and use the power of big data, high computing capacity, artificial intelligence and analytics to digitize manufacturing in the state," he added.

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