13 March 2016
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s three-day trip to London held with a tight schedule. State ministers, Yanamana Ramakrishnudu, Narayana, Ganta Srinivasa Rao, CM Ramesh etc accompanied the AP CM during this visit.
Chandrababu’s main attention is to attract investments to the new capital Amaravati with a special focus on tourism, exploring the possibility of bringing back some of the artifacts belong to ancient Amaravati, which are currently being displayed in the British Museum in London. On Saturday, he purposefully visited the British Museum and went around the Amaravati gallery consists of stupas, sculptures, stone carvings, pillars and other ruins excavated from the Buddhist sites in the ancient City of Amaravati situated near by the new capital city.
As per the sources, Chandrababu showed curiosity in gaining the knowledge about the time period and the details of the original sites from where these relics were excavated. Naidu spent a significant amount of time at the limestone carving of ‘The Great Departure of Prince Siddhartha’. This monument is believed to be from 2nd century AD and dug up from the old Amaravati site. Means almost a 2000 year old shrine. During the day the AP CM interacted with the NRI business people and urged them to invest in the new capital city. He also had a detailed meeting with 200 Indian-origin UK business people. Babu requested them to help the AP government in promoting ‘Smart AP - Smart village’ program.
Around 60,000 Telugu-speaking population is living in the United Kingdom. Babu requested all of them to consider this as an opportunity to be a part of the growth story of bifurcated AP and requested them to pay back to their homeland. He assured the business men who wants to come forward to invest in Amaravati, that the state AP government provides them all the necessary help. Many NRIs expressed their desire to invest in Amaravati in medical, education and tourism fields.
Andhra Pradesh Government Opens Amaravati Office in London:
AP Government has decided to setting up Amaravati office in London. This office works exclusively to coordinate prospective investors in the UK who come forward to invest in AP. The Chief Operating Officer of AP Economic Development Board, J Krishna Kishore will look after this office and its activities.
Naidu had a back-to-back meeting with several representatives of various UK-based top-notch companies. He also held meetings with Sean Kidney, CEO of the Climate Bonds Initiative mission, which is an investor-focused and not-for-profit organization works on climate change solutions