Minnesota Trade Delegation to visit India

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Washington, Sep 25 (UNI) A 30-member Minnesota state business delegation will be leaving on a trade mission to India in October to explore trade and investment opportunities and make inroads with key Indian and US business organisations.

Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty has invited State Representative Erik Paulsen to join the delegation as Paulsen is a recognised leader in the Minnesota State Assembly forging enhanced economic and cultural partnerships with India and China.

His knowledge and keen interest in the state's role in the global economy has led to his participation in economic and educational summits in both India and China.

During a recent programme in India, Anjula Singh, the Mayor of Agra, thanked Paulsen for building relationships between India and the United States.

"I am honoured to participate in this trade mission to India," said Representative Erik Paulsen. "India is one of the fastest- growing economy in the world, and an important and growing partner in our state's economic development with exports up 114 per cent during 2001-2005. I look forward to helping continue to position Minnesota as a partner in progress in the 21st century global economy." The delegation will visit New Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai for a series of market and industry presentations, networking events, roundtable discussions, and one-on-one business events with potential Indian customers, distributors and partners.

Paulsen has been a strong advocate for initiatives he believes will help Minnesota not only compete but excel in the global economy. He is also responsible for introducing Mandarin Chinese in Minnesota schools, and successfully funding for an India Center at the University of Minnesota. Paulsen has also advocated for more rigorous curriculum in science, technology, engineering and math.

"India is the world's largest democracy with 1.1 billion people and a middle-class population of 370 million," said Paulsen. "I am honored the Governor has asked me to play a role in the effort to open markets and create new opportunities for Minnesota businesses." UNI

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