Chandrababu Naidu urges US to open consulate in Vijayawada

Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, N. Chandra Babu Naidu has urged the United States to open a consulate in Vijaywada.

Most of the people flying to the US from Andhra Pradesh by and large hail from Vijaywada. To set up US consulate in Vjaywada would be ideal, the CM told members of a delegation from the US State Department who called on him at the Secretariat.

The delegation comprised of Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs Puneet Talwar, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Atul Keshap, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs Kenneth B Handelman and Consul General Michael Mullins, among others.

Naidu’s office quoted the US officials as saying that they would consider the possibility of setting up a branch office in Vijayawada.

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We want to focus on automobiles, electronics, agro-processing, petrochemicals and other areas too apart from IT,” Naidu said.

He said Andhra Pradesh has the potential to become the logistics hub for South East Asia where companies can manufacture goods and export to other countries through the state’s ports.

On building capital city for the state, the Chief Minister informed them that Singapore is preparing the master plan for it and works for the capital city will start in another 2-3 months.

“Singapore Second Minister (trade and industry) S Iswaran will be visiting us this month. So we will begin the works in another 2-3 months,” Naidu said.

Sharanya Bharathwaj