A Sister-State agreement between Maryland, USA, and Andhra Pradesh was signed by Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy and Maryland Governor Martin Joseph O' Malley, committing the two regions to work together in diverse fields, including education, information technology, industry and agriculture.
This is the first Sister-State accord signed between Maryland and an Indian State. Mr. O'Malley, who is leading a large trade delegation of 100 members, will be signing a similar pact with the State of Maharashtra.
Addressing the delegation, Mr. Reddy explained various initiatives launched by the government to provide free education and health services to the poor.
‘Mee Seva' services
Referring to the commonalities between the two States, he said that a lot could be achieved in education, IT, life sciences research, agriculture and other areas. On the IT front, he said that ‘Mee Seva' services would be extended to all districts by April next to provide documents and certificates to citizens in a hassle-free manner.
Underscoring the important role played by Andhra Pradesh in IT exports, the Chief Minister pointed out about 50 per cent of the 28,000 flights taking off globally are monitored from Hyderabad.
Echoing similar sentiments, Mr. O' Malley said that the two States could use their strengths in IT, BT, cyber security for innovations.
He said there were many opportunities for expanding the ties in the areas of business, trade, culture and education.
The event also was marked by signing of agreements between two Maryland businesses and their Indian partners. ANGARAI, a greenbelt-based management consulting firm signed with a Chennai firm, CI, to pursue opportunities in mobile and web applications.
24/7 health helpline
Hyderabad-based HMRI and RT Medibus entered into an agreement with DNS technologies, Maryland, for setting a up a 24/7 health helpline called ‘ Medihelp' in Maryland.
Scalene Cybernetics Limited from Bangalore signed another agreement with another Maryland company for production and distribution of a device for treatment of cancer, multiple sclerosis and osteoporosis in the USA after approval from FDA.
With BJP leader
Earlier, the Maryland Governor interacted with BJP president G. Kishan Reddy who had invited him to visit Andhra Pradesh when the latter went to the United States.
The two States will work together in areas of education, IT, industry, agriculture