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QUESTION NO.2579 PROMOTION OF STATE SPECIFIC ACTIVITIES ABROAD

August 09, 2018

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.2579
TO BE ANSWERED ON 09.08.2018

PROMOTION OF STATE SPECIFIC ACTIVITIES ABROAD

2579. SHRI MAHESH PODDAR:

Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state:

(a) the details of steps taken to strengthen and promote the state specific activities abroad especially for Jharkhand; and

(b) the details of funds allocated to promote State specific activities for Jharkhand abroad eeduring the last one year?

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
[GEN. (DR) V. K. SINGH (RETD)]

(a) & (b) Ministry of External Affairs coordinates with States and Union Territories for further facilitation of their efforts to promote their exports and tourism and attract more overseas investments and expertise. The funds for such activities are allocated by the Ministry under the head –‘States Facilitation Abroad’. Indian Missions/Posts incurred an expenditure of Rs.4.65 Crores during the last financial year under this head. In the last one year, Ministry along with relevant Missions & Posts abroad have facilitated external engagement of State Govt of Jharkhand on the latter’s request. In this regard mention may be made of visit of Shri Raghubar Das, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Jharkhand to Las Vegas and San Francisco, Czech Republic and Osaka Kobe respectively in the years 2016 and 2017; interactive session organized by Embassy of India, Brussels on opportunities for European investors in Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal on January 11, 2017; Catalogue exhibition "Momentum Jharkhand” in the premises of Embassy of India, Rabat on 15 February, 2017; Consulate General of India, Edinburgh organized ‘Momentum Jharkhand’ on 15-17 February, 2017; Embassy of India, Male disseminated widely ‘Global Investment Summit 2017’; High Commission of India, Ottawa helped organizing an event showcasing the cultural heritage of many states including ‘Jharkhand’; Consulate General of India, Shanghai, in cooperation with Govt of Jharkhand, organized a large scale business event in December, 2016 to promote ‘Momentum Jharkhand Investors Summit’. Further, Embassy of India, Budapest in March 2017 created a 4 page article in the Budapest Times magazine focusing on prominent states including Jharkhand. Embassy of India, Tashkent in cooperation with Rotary Club of Bihar and Jharkhand organised a seminar on business environment and tourism potential in Bihar and Jharkhand on March 4, 2017.

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