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‘No need to approach agents for UK visa’

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COLLABORATIVE EFFORTS:Richard Hyde, British Deputy High Commissioner for Andhra Pradesh (second from right), speaking at an interactive session organised by CII in the city on Monday.— PHOTO: K.R. DEEPAK
COLLABORATIVE EFFORTS:Richard Hyde, British Deputy High Commissioner for Andhra Pradesh (second from right), speaking at an interactive session organised by CII in the city on Monday.— PHOTO: K.R. DEEPAK

Declaring that Visakhapatnam is a city with future, British Deputy High Commissioner for Andhra Pradesh Richard Hyde on Monday said there was no need for anyone to seek the support of agents/consultants to get a visa for visiting their country.

Interactive session

He stated this during an interactive session organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) here.

Mr. Hyde, who led a team of officials from the office of Deputy High Commissioner, Hyderabad, said this was his third visit to Visakhapatnam and he was very confident of more investments in the city.

Mr. Hyde said they were looking at more collaborative efforts in education and other fields through regular interaction between trade delegations and representatives from various institutes.

He declared that recognising the importance of emerging/emerged cities in various parts of India they decided to have a diplomatic presence in 14 States over a period of three years.

A few companies, including HSBC, had their presence in this part of Andhra Pradesh and the British High Commission was firm on strengthening further economic ties, he stated.

Mr. Hyde in response to a query by Visakha Container Terminal COO Sriram Ravi Chander said they would love to provide support for investments in the green power generation by making use of wind and tidal energy. In education sector, he wanted tie-up even for pre-school level.

Strategic location

Presiding over the meeting, CII Vizag Zone Vice-Chairman and Sravan Shipping MD G. Sambasiva Rao said Visakhapatnam with its strategic location offers a readymade market to investors.

He said the Visakhapatnam Port was poised to achieve a cargo handling capacity of 120 million tonne by 2020.

He said besides tourism, there were several areas of bilateral trade between India and the UK and described how Tata had forayed into manufacturing sector in the UK.

Deputy Head of Mission and Head of UK Trade & Investment Arun Pillai, CII Vizag Zone former Chairman R.V.S. Raju and CII centre head K. Ganeshan spoke.


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