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Haryana, Minnesota ink pact

A declaration of partnership between the state of Haryana and the state of Minnesota of the United States of America was signed to promote the active exchange of ideas, knowledge, and people as it relates to trade and investment, science and technology, education and research, arts and culture for the mutual benefit of both the states.

The declaration of partnership was signed by the Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and the governor of state of Minnesota of the United States of America Timothy J.Pawlenty at a cermony held at New Delhi on Tuesday.

The aim of the sister-state partnership is to strengthen ties and develop relations for the mutual benefit of both lands.

‘‘The objective of partnership is to encourage, develop, and expand joint activities and programs that mutually strengthen their vibrant and growing economies, which are characterised by a strong agricultural tradition, a wealth of high technology industries, and a commitment to quality education and to maintain frequent communications and relations that foster stronger bonds and a greater understanding between the citizens of both states,’’ said Hooda.

Speaking on the occasion, Timothy J Pawlenty said that the declaration of partnership would help in building new bridges between the people of two great lands. ‘‘The sister-state partnership would provide a catalyst and a framework for us to seek mutual interests in agriculture, food processing, dairy farming, information technology, education, culture and tourism sectors in a big way,’’ he said.

Pawlenty added that in recent years, Haryana has emerged as one of the most progressive states of India with an impressive trail of achievements in economic development.

Agreeing that there are many similarities between Haryana and Minnesota, Pawlenty expressed hope that the partnership agreement would help in ushering in an era of long term engagement and prosperity for both the states.

Hooda, too, expressed that the information technology, power, textiles, food processing, science and technology, education and research, arts and culture, health tourism are the major areas in which both the states could work together for strengthening ties and develop relations.

The CM said that the unique locational advantage has made Haryana a preferred destination for a large number of foreign companies such as Suzuki, Honda Motors, general Electric, IBM, Whirlpool, to name a few.

He said that Haryana has grown from a largely agrarian economy to an industrial one by the sheer dint of its hard working and forward-looking people like Minnesota. Principal secretary to Haryana Chief Minister MLTayal, Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary and Industries P K Chaudhery were among those present on the occasion.


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