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US businessmen keen to invest in Bihar: Officials

American businessmen, including Indian expatriates, are keen to invest in Bihar's hotel, BPO, IT and health sectors.

india Updated: Jun 08, 2006 13:21 IST

American businessmen, including Indian expatriates, are keen to invest in Bihar's hotel, BPO, IT and health sectors, says a team of officials from the state that has just returned from the US.

"We have received over half a dozen proposals from them and are likely to study them for clearance," said a senior official who was part of the team headed by Bihar Chief Secretary GS Kang that came back on Wednesday.

The team, which also included State Planning Commission chairman NK Singh, attended a three-day seminar organised by Stanford University for an interactive session with investors.

It was decided that a mirror conference would be held in Patna in January next year to be attended by major corporate chiefs, economists and IT experts from the US.

"American investors are keen to invest in the hotel industry in the Buddhist tourist circuit like Bodh Gaya, Rajgrih, Nalanda and Vaishali," an official source said.

Non-resident Indians (NRIs) are also keen to open call centres and software units in the state.

"Some have inquired about opening modern training units for nurses who can then be placed in the American health sector," the source said.

Bihar is keen to have foreign investment in the sectors of agriculture, health, IT, tourism and infrastructure. In a bid to attract investors, the government has even brought in a single window clearance system and special incentives.