Modi invites Merkel to Maharashtra, Fadnavis assures ease in doing business

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Apr 13, 2015 22:53 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday invited German chancellor Angela Merkel to visit Maharashtra, where most of the German companies in the country are based.

Modi extended the invitation when the two visited the ‘Magnetic Maharashtra’ stall at the Hannover Messe 2015 global trade fair.

Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, who joined the Hannover Messe on Monday afternoon, assured investors of the state’s investor-friendly approach.

Fadnavis said his government had already taken steps to offer an environment of ease for doing business in the state. He told the delegations of industrialists visiting the stall that investment in the state would be welcomed in every possible way.

Modi applauded the state government for its outstanding performance in industrial development and urged Merkel to visit the state in the near future.

During his keynote address and interaction with various delegations representing the business fraternity, Fadnavis presented the opportunities the state had for investors from across the globe.

Among the leading investors he met were heads of Mercedes, GSAB Elektrotechnik, Flanschenwerk Thai, among others. He also invited Westaj Tarbine to invest in Maharashtra.

Later in the day, Fadnavis tweeted he was glad to meet Sanjay Kirloskar of Kirloskar International Pumps, and budding professionals from Solapur at the Hannover. Kirloskar shared his plans of expansion in the state.

In an agreement with the SQS, Fadnavis allotted two acres of land to the company for its expansion in Pune, with the potential of generating 2,000 jobs.

Fadnavis is leading a delegation comprising industries minister Subhash Desai and officers from the chief minister’s office and industries department in the four-day tour of the trade fair. The state presented opportunities in the field of investment in Maharashtra through a short film and interaction during various sessions.

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