Odisha CM seeks closer ties with US in investment, climate change

BHUBANESWAR: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday asked US Ambassador to India Richard Verma to have closer ties in investment, climate change and disaster management.

Holding a discussion with Verma, Patnaik sought to expand the cooperation of the US in developing information technology and the electronics industry in Odisha.

He also highlighted the initiatives taken by the Odisha government to promote ease of doing business in the state and create conducive environment for industries.

“Discussed US-Odisha closer ties in investment, climate change and disaster management with @USAmbIndia Shri Richard Verma,” tweeted the chief minister.

Patnaik stressed on increasing cooperation between Odisha and the US in the education and tourism sector.

“Discussed how the US and Odisha can collaborate on many areas including in investments, climate change and disaster management,” tweeted Verma.

Earlier on Friday, Verma interacted with some business leaders of the state and gained insights into the improving business climate in the state.

“I discussed with government officials, chamber of commerce and others during my visit to Odisha,” said Verma.

He also met Odisha Governor S.C. Jamir and discussed ties between Odisha and the US.