Bhubaneswar, June 21: A high level delegation of the state government led by Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik is visiting Rome and Dubai these days. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik left Delhi on Monday morning to begin his second foreign tour in 22 years. Naveen Patnaik meets Indian Ambassador to Italy Dr Neena Malhotra after reaching ‘The Eternal City’ of the South-Central European country.
Patnaik is visiting Rome exclusively at the invitation of the World Food Program (WFP) and will share Odisha’s transformational initiatives in the field of food security and disaster management. He will also meet WFP Executive Director David Beasley and WFP senior leadership and have detailed discussions on Odisha’s partnership with WFP and future projects that will help ensure sustainable food security for the state.
During his stay in Rome, the Chief Minister will meet Pope Francis of Rome and head of the Catholic Church in Vatican City. He is India’s first head of a provincial government to meet the Pope, a privilege the Center denied to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee last year. Naveen will also meet overseas Indians from different parts of Europe. The Chief Minister’s Office had earlier said in a release that it would discuss possible ways to engage with the diaspora to promote Odisha’s art and culture and enable them to be partners in the state’s transformational journey.
The Chief Minister will meet investors from the Middle East and adjoining regions in Dubai. He will invite potential investors to come and invest in Odisha and assure them of all support and facilitation by the state government. He will also hold one-on-one meetings with some of the biggest investors in the sector. A high level industrial delegation from Odisha will also be present during the investors’ meet on 29th June for possible partnership with foreign investors.
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Story first published: Tuesday, June 21, 2022, 16:16 [IST]