Soon after West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee's visit to Singapore and the showcasing of business opportunities in West Bengal, newer alleys are opening up in the state's business arena, especially in South East Asia.
The Governor of Yunnan province of China has extended an invitation to West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee. The invitation will strengthen the relation between Kolkata and Kunming, the capital of Yunnan province. The Chinese Consul General in Kolkata formally handed over the official invitation to the Chief Minister's Office.
The West Bengal Government is also taking steps to enter into a framework agreement for business cooperation with China at the Kunming Forum in June 2015.
The Principal Secretary, MSME and Textiles, Govt of West Bengal, has proposed talks with the Chinese counterpart for such an agreement. A high profile Chinese delegation will participate in the Bengal Global Business Summit in January when contours of such cooperation agreement could be shaped up.
Strengthening economic ties
On October 28, the South Korean Ambassador to India Joon Gyu Lee called on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the state secretariat Nabanna. Mr Lee was at the head of a three-member delegation to the chief minister. Issues relating to possible South Korean investment and their cooperation in related areas was said to have discussed, among other things, in the hour-long meeting.
In the last week of August 2014, Mr Datuk Naimun Ashakli Mohammad, High Commissioner of Malaysia to India with his high level team and the Honorary Consul of Malaysia met the West Bengal Chief Minister at state secretariat Nabanna and discussed business propositions.