Ministers leave for Germany

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM OCT. 10. The Industries Minister, P. K. Kunhalikutty, is flying to Germany in a bid to attract German car majors, Audi and Bayerische Motoren Werke (BMW), to Kerala.

The Health Minister, P. Sankaran, is also travelling to Germany. He is to lay the foundation stone for European Ayurveda Competence Centre and Ayurveda Academy in North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany.

Mr. Kunhalikutty left for Germany via Doha today. He would hold discussions with the company representatives at Munich to persuade them to include Kerala in their investment plans for India. He would convey the concessions and benefits that the State Government was willing to extend to foreign car manufacturers, which were decided at a meeting convened by the Chief Minister, A.K. Antony, recently. He would also hold talks with the electronic firm, Seimens, in Munich.

The Minister is also scheduled to inaugurate the Kerala pavilion at the annual food fair in Cologne. Later, he would hold discussions with organisations of industrialists and businessmen.

Besides, Mr. Kunhalikutty is to be the chief guest at a seminar on food processing organised by the Confederation of Food and Trade Industries and a meeting of the World Malayali Council in Germany.

He will be accompanied by the Principal Secretary (Industries), K. Mohandas, Managing Director of State Industries Development Corporation, P. H. Kurien, and Managing Director of Kinfra, G.C. Gopalapillai. He will return on October 16.

Mr. Sankaran is to lay the foundation stone for the Academy on October 13.