In order to attract more investments to Madhya Pradesh during the forthcoming Global Investors Meet, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Wednesday held talks with major industrial houses in Pune and invited them to invest in the state.

Mr. Chouhan was in Pune in line with his latest initiative to hold “direct dialogue” with the industrial community to boost investment in the state and prepare ground for the Global Investors Meet to be held in Indore in October, the state's industrial capital.

In order to ensure the success of the global meet, the Chief Minister has been meeting industrialists directly to promote Madhya Pradesh as a premier investment destination.

Only recently, he returned from a three nation tour, victing Japan, South Korea and Singapore, where he met representatives of several major industrial houses.

Investors from the three countries expressed interest to invest in areas like manufacturing, agri-business, food processing, energy, transportation, electronics, urban development, renewable energy and tourism.

“Investors’ trust in the state has increased as a result of our commitment to development and investor-friendly policies,” Mr. Chouhan told The Hindu.

“Madhya Pradesh is rapidly being recognised in the country, and abroad, as the new destination of investment,” he said.

Officials accompanying the Chief Minister informed that industrial houses in Pune “lauded the progressive outlook of the Mr. Chouhan”.

Officials also said the Kirloskar Group discussed expansion of its existing investment in the state. Similarly, the DY Patil group expressed interest to invest in the newly proposed Knowledge city.

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