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Haryana has a new partner in U.S. State

Special Correspondent

CHANDIGARH: A Declaration of Partnership between Haryana and the U.S. State of Minnesota was signed in New Delhi on Tuesday to promote “active exchange of ideas, knowledge, and people as it relates to trade and investment, science and technology, education and research, and arts and culture for the mutual benefit of both the States”.

According to an official release here, the Declaration was signed by Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and the Governor of Minnesota, Timothy J. Pawlenty.

Mr. Pawlenty said the Declaration would help in building new bridges between the people of the two States and provide a catalyst and a framework to seek mutual interests in agriculture, food processing, dairy farming, information technology, education, culture and tourism sectors in a big way.

Describing Haryana as a relatively young State, he said that in recent years it had emerged as one of the most progressive States with impressive achievements in economic development.

Mr. Hooda said that information technology, power, textiles, food processing, science and technology, education and research, arts and culture and health tourism were the major areas in which both Haryana and Minnesota could work together.

He said with just 1.37 per cent of the country’s geographical area and 1.97 per cent of the total population, Haryana had achieved the distinction of having the highest per capita income in India and there had been a growth of 856 per cent over the last five years in investment in the State.

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