KARNATAKA

Krishna meets heads of global firms

BANGALORE JAN. 25. The Chief Minister, S.M. Krishna, had one-to-one meetings with various heads of renowned global industrial houses in Davos today and explained to them the avenues that the State had to offer for major investments.

Robert Greenhill, President of the Canadian company, Bombardier, which specialises in the execution of metro rail projects, met the Chief Minister and evinced interest in executing the proposed metro rail project in Bangalore. Mr. Greenhill explained that the project could be executed on the lines of the recently commissioned Delhi Metro Project. He expressed his desire to establish a research and development division of Bombardier in the State, an official press release here said.

Jean Pierre Garnier, Chief Executive Officer, Glaxo Smithkline PLC of the U.K., met the Chief Minister and explained his plans to expand the company's unit in the State. Mr. Garnier said the climate of Karnataka was appropriate for the establishment of pharmaceutical units. The State with its host of internationally renowned laboratories and research institutes provided an ideal work field for those interested.

John Gage of Sun Microsystems discussed the various aspects of software and hardware sectors in the State. He expressed his desire to expand the company's base in the State. Mr. Gage outlined the steady development of the software sector in America and elsewhere this year after its downturn last year. Sanjay Kumar, President and CEO of Computer Assoc. International, U.S., had a detailed discussion with Mr. Krishna on the prospects of the software industry in the State.