Washington, Aug 25: Enthused by the overwhelming support he received from top companies in both the US and Canada to his new industrial policy, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has exuded confidence that his state would soon emerge as the "most favoured FDI destination" in India.
"I received an encouraging response to our new policies from investors in both the US and Canada. This gives me confidence that Haryana would be the most favoured FDI destination in India. My government is determined to take all necessary steps in this regard," Khattar told PTI from Toronto before leaving for India after concluding his 10-day tour.
The first Haryana Chief Minister in decades to travel to the US and Canada to attract foreign investment, Khattar lead a high powered State delegation, including Industry Minister Capt Abhimanyu, to New York, Connecticut, Baltimore, Washington DC, San Francisco, Vancouver and Toronto.
Having a packed schedule, Khattar met representatives of the business communities in both the countries, senior government officials and Indian Diaspora. Six memorandums of understandings were signed during the trip and process has started for several others as a result of these meetings, he said.
Having received initial indications from several companies to invest in Haryana, Khattar said these investments would help in creating large scale jobs in his state.
These companies have only asked for creating a conducive business and investors environment in Haryana, to which the BJP Government in Haryana is committed to provide, he said.
"I think both Haryana and other parts of the country as well would receive big investment from foreign businesses this year," he said.
Khattar said there is a huge enthusiasm among the Indian Diaspora to come and invest in India. During the trip, Khattar announced to host a "Happening Haryana" conclave next year, to which he said a large number of companies from both the US and Canada have agreed to attend.
Noting that there are "immense opportunities" for businesses in Haryana, the Chief Minister said the state has a strategic location and its proximity to New Delhi makes it an attractive FDI destination.
"Now we have to implement the policies we have announced," he said.