Andhra Pradesh Magazine English June 2016 - Page 39

Two Years of Accomplishments Trust @ncbn Chandrababu Naidu to make a real pitch @Davos Andhra even had a lounge on Promenade, 1st for a CM/State - Shekhar Gupta, Senior Journalist on Twitter H e is no stranger to the World Economic Forum, the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu had been a regular to Davos meet, which is committed to improving the state of the world. During his previous stint as Chief Minister of united Andhra Pradesh between 1995 and 2004, Naidu was a regular participant in the summit and had moderated many sessions. Soon after taking the reins of the new Andhra Pradesh, Naidu moved quickly to capitalise on the ‘Brand AP’ image at World Economic Forum. During his 2015 visit, Naidu addressed a special session on 'Investment in Andhra Pradesh' organised by the state government. He had bilateral meetings with industrialists, businessmen and experts from different fields on the sidelines of the conference. He was also a special guest at a session on 'Future of Urban Development' along with ministers from various countries and CEOs of major corporations. He also participated as a special guest at a session on 'Japan, Vision for Tomorrow’. He met Wipro Chairman Azim Premji, Wal Mart International President, David Cheesewright and Pepsico CEO Indra Nooyi and interacted with them. He also had an interaction with Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Naidu took part in 35 events besides meeting dozens of corporate honchos. “This is my ninth visit. India was able to generate a lot of interest among the global community,” he said about the visit. JUNE 2016 Naidu said he asked companies like Microsoft, Infosys and Wipro to set up their campuses in Visakhapatnam or other cities in AP during his the meetings with top executives, including Microsoft founder Bill Gates. In 2016 too, the Chief Minister has moved quickly to capitalise on the ‘Brand AP’ image at World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Being the only Chief Minister from India to be invited to the prestigious meeting, Naidu made the best of the opportunity to interact with the who’s who of the business and political world in this Swiss Alps town. The Forum, established in 1971 as a not-for-profit foundation, engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. This year too, the CM held a series of meetings with various CEOs of top-notch companies across the globe in Davos and impressed upon the world business leaders of the conducive investment climate available in Andhra Pradesh. From heads of global businesses such as Lockheed Martin to Indian head honchos including Tata’s Cyrus Mistry, Chandrababu Naidu’s busy schedule left no important personality without a one-on-one meeting. Making a strong pitch before foreign investors, Chandrababu Naidu said the state offers great opportunities in areas ranging from technology to tourism to infrastructure to oil refineries. "Now India is a happening country and Andhra Pradesh is a ANDHRAPRADESHMAGAZINE.ORG trend-setter and there are so many opportunities available there in this new state,” he told them. Recognizing Andhra Pradesh’s efforts in achieving profitable and resilient agriculture, sustainable food, economic and environmental security, World Economic Forum will partner with the Government of Andhra Pradesh to implement an agenda to make agriculture profitable and commercially viable. It has come forward to establish a Secretariat in Andhra Pradesh. During the Summit, Andhra Pradesh government came out with an innovative campaign on the streets of Davos to attract investments to the reorganised State. The State government undertook a unique initiative to project the might of the reorganised AP as an investment destination bringing it to the doorstep of the Western world. Executed with pleasing visuals - the state government has branded a special bus with ‘Make AP your Business’ posters. The special vehicle made rounds in the city towards attracting investments for ‘Sunrise AP’. Referring to how earnest was Naidu in his understandng of the importance of Davos and his handson-approach to the meet, Srivatsan Rajan, chairman of Bain & Company India, remarked, “Andhra Pradesh was the only state that had a presence, and its posters were visible and distinctive. Its chief minister, Chandrababu Naidu, was zipping in and out of meetings, trying to persuade business leaders to invest in his state.” v 39